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First ever Scottish Awards for new music

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The first ever Scottish Awards for New Music have been awarded at a ceremony in Glasgow. The new awards, backed by Creative Scotland, aim to celebrate and champion Scottish composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles which are creating innovative and experimental work.

‘These are the [people] who are driving forward one of Scotland’s most exciting and experimental music sectors,’ said Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland.

Over 180 artists were nominated for the awards by fellow artists, audience members and the general public, and the nominees ranged from amateur musicians to household names.

The award winners are:

Red Note Ensemble
Help Musicians UK Award for New Music Performers of the Year, presented by Claire Geveaux

Ailie Robertson, composer and curator
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, presented by Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland

Holiday Inn Award for Sound Art / Electroacoustic Work, presented by Oliver Searle, chair of New Music Scotland

Robert Irvine for Songs and Lullabies, Delphian Records
EVM Award for Recorded New Work, presented by Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland

Drake Music Scotland – Wagner’s School of Cool
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Community/Education Project, presented by Gordon McPherson, head of composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

David Fennessy for Panopticon
Dorico Award for Small/medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg, presented by Richard Llewelyn

Helen Grime for Two Eardley Pictures: Catterline in Winter and Snow
Large Scale Work sponsored by PRS for Music, presented by Stuart Fleming and Harriet Wybor

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