Scottish Awards For New Music

08 Mar

The Scottish Awards for New Music will celebrate and champion composers, musicians, sound artists.

The Scottish Awards for New Music will celebrate and champion composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles that are making innovative and experimental new music right now.

Created by New Music Scotland, the awards will recognise the diversity and quality of music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based new music creators and help create a wider audience for their work.

Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on 8th March at the Drygate and we invite you to join us to cheer on all those who contribute to Scotland's vibrant and exciting new music scene.

The ticket price includes a drink on arrival and celebratory meal.

The awards being presented are:

Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work

Small/Medium Scale New Work

Large Scale New Work

Recorded New Work


Community/Education project

Achievement in New Music

New Music Performer(s) of the Year

The shortlist has been selected for the first Scottish Awards for New Music ahead of an awards event.

There were over a hundred and eighty nominations submitted by artists, audience members and the general public, reinforcing the depth and breadth of new music activity in Scotland.  Nominations ranged from amateur musicians and emerging artists, to major organisations and household names and covered a wide-range of new music.

The shortlisted nominations for the Scottish Awards for New Music 2017 are:
Dorico Award for Small/medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg
Flicker – Claire McCue
Panopticon – David Fennessy
The Iris Murders – Alasdair Nicolson (with libretto by John Gallas)
Large Scale Work sponsored by PRS for Music
Piano Concerto – Martin Suckling
The Devil Inside – Stuart MacRae (with libretto by Louise Welsh)
Two Eardley Pictures: Catterline in Winter and Snow – Helen Grime
Sound Art / Electroacoustic Work
Mechanical – Timothy Cooper
Pipeline – Pete Stollery
Recorded New Work
Since it was the Day of Preparation… – Sir James MacMillan / Hebrides Ensemble / Synergy Vocals (Delphian)
Songs and Lullabies – Robert Irvine (Delphian)
Ūhte – Henry MacPherson / RCS (RCS / BBC Scotland)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Community / Education Project
Go compose! – sound (in partnership with Red Note Ensemble)
Songs from Above and Below – John McLeod, Emily Mitchell and Geoffrey Tanti
Wagner’s School of Cool – Drake Music Scotland 
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music
Ailie Robertson
Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell
Help Musicians UK Award for New Music Performers of the Year
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Red Note Ensemble
Robert Irvine


TIME: 7.30pm 


  • £25 each (table booking options available from January 2017)
  • tickets include a welcome drink and food
  • a paying bar will be available throughout the evening