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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Winners of Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 announced

10:30, 7th March 2018

Winners of the Scottish Awards for New Music (SAFNM) 2018 have been revealed.

Now in their second year, the awards showcase the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by music writer and broadcaster Kate Molleson at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow on 7 March.

The winners are:

Help Musicians Scotland Award for New Music Performers of the Year
Mr McFall’s Chamber

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Contribution to New Music in Scotland
Sir James MacMillan

Award for Large Scale New Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music
Shiori Usui from scratch

Dorico Award for Small Scale New Work sporsored by Steinberg (1 – 10 performers)
Matthew Grouse 10 Seconds

Ginkhana Award for Innovation in New Folk Music in association with Hands Up for Trad
Pippa Murphy/Karine Polwart A Pocket of Wind Resistance

EVM Award for Recorded New Work
The Last Island – Hebrides Ensemble / Peter Maxwell-Davies / Delphian

Holiday Inn Award for Electroacoustic/Sound Art
Michael Begg Titan

Ginkhana Award for Innovation in New Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland
Martin Kershaw Playtime

Thomson’s Coffee Roasters Award for Creative Programming

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Community/Education
Joint winners:
Kaleidoscope – The CumnockTryst/Drake Music Scotland/Scottish Ensemble/Colin Currie
New Music Makers – Red Note Ensemble

ISM Award for Collaboration in New Music
Aeolian – Kathy Hinde/Andreas Borregaard/Maja S.K. Ratkje/Red Note Ensemble

Live performances came from Red Note Ensemble, which performed a A Real Force by Angus Docherty, and Scottish Opera’s principal trumpet Jason Lewis, who played Etude d’execution transcendente for solo trumpet and gin bottle by John Maxwell Geddes.

Oliver Searle, composer and chair of New Music Scotland, said: ‘This has been a wonderful opportunity to further raise the profile of new music in Scotland, drawing together creators, performers and promoters working around the country, once again including the fantastic support of a range of sponsors, and culminating in an evening to celebrate the wealth of talent, skills and abilities on show in the new music sector in Scotland.’


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