Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced

Scottish new music celebrated at inaugural awards


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 ScotlandWagners 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