Our Patron

We welcome Dr James MacMillan CBE FRSE as our very first Patron.

James MacMillan is one of the UK’s most famous and best-loved composers, known for deeply spiritual works with more than a hint of traditional Scots influence. 

I think that he first came to the attention of many of us with his very moving The Confession of Isabel Gowdie and with the percussion concerto he wrote for Evelyn Glennie, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. And since then he has written so much with its heart in Scotland and its reach international.

He is a wonderful communicator, not only through his music, but also in his encouragement of music making in Scotland and his desire to give young people the opportunities for listening to music that he had when growing up in Cumnock in Ayrshire.

The Cumnock Tryst, founded by MacMillan, was created to bring some of the world's greatest musicians into local venues, churches and halls. The first Tryst was held this year to great acclaim. It is this ability to make things happen, to share his love and delight in music-making shaped by his deep spirituality that make it a great honour for us to have Dr MacMillan as our patron.