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Boswell - James MacMillan
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In collaboration with The Cumnock Tryst
James MacMillan and Charles Maclean
The Lost Songs of St Kilda
Played by Sir James MacMillan
In conversation with Sir Charles Maclean
Scotland’s preeminent contemporary composer, Sir James MacMillan, who founded The Cumnock Tryst in his home town of Cumnock, tells the incredible story of the Lost Songs of St Kilda.
Of how a sharp eared volunteer in an Edinburgh care home heard a resident playing haunting tunes which had been taught him as a boy by an itinerant piano teacher from the abandoned island of St Kilda. MacMillan will be playing the eight songs - which have also been reimagined, reinterpreted and remixed by contemporary composers including MacMillan. These haunting melodies offer a last link to the Island where over centuries, folk music evolved from one generation to the next.
Argyll based writer, Sir Charles Maclean, became fascinated by St Kilda in the early 1970s when working for The Ecologist magazine. His beautiful tale Island on the Edge of the World depicts a culture and people who having survived, until their evacuation in 1932, for over 1,000 years in the most hostile of environments, retain a unique hold over our imaginations.
Concessions are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot card holders. Proof of entitlement will be required at the door for all events. Thank you.