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Kaleidoscope, a project delivered as part of the Cumnock Tryst 2017 by Scottish Ensemble, James MacMillan, Colin Currie and Drake Music Scotland, has won the RCS Award for Community/Education Project Of The Year in this year’s Scottish Awards for New Music.

The award, which was presented at a ceremony at Drygate, Glasgow on Wed 7 March 2018

Kaleidoscope was born from a partnership between the Cumnock Tryst festival and Drake Music Scotland, a leading music, disability and technology organisation which ensures people with disabilities can participate fully in these areas.

This exciting project, which brought together schools, community groups and professional musicians, was selected from over 200 nominations. Performed on Friday 29th September 2017 at Cumnock Academy, the event involved pupils from three local schools – Greenmill Primary, Auchinleck Academy and Barshare Primary/Hillside school – as well as adults from the Riverside Centre.

Alongside Scottish Ensemble and acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie, each group was asked to contribute one movement to create a new four-movement piece, using the colours, moods and tones of the other pieces performed by Scottish Ensemble across the duration of the festival as inspiration. The bespoke symphony was then performed with professional musicians side-by-side with the amateur players.

Sir James MacMillan, Artistic Director of the Cumnock Tryst festival, said: “The participation of local school and community groups is central to the Cumnock Tryst, and our Friday lunchtime concert in particular is always a very special event. Indeed it has become the emotional heart of the Tryst. Through our partnership with Drake Music Scotland we have been supporting young people and adults with special needs to find their own musical voice and articulate it. The projects have explored music of quite complicated dimensions and it is wonderful to see these participants playing at the top of their game alongside professional musicians.”

Drake Music’s chief executive, Thursa Sanderson, has stated that Kaleidoscope shows how disabled young people and adults can develop their creativity, perform alongside their peers from other schools and share a platform with top class artists.