Scottish Awards for New Music 2019 winners announced

The winners of the third annual Scottish Awards for New Music (SAFNM) were announced last night (Monday) at a ceremony hosted by music writer and broadcaster Kate Molleson.

The event took place at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow where Helen Grime took home the Award for Large Scale New Work, sponsored by PRS for Music, for Woven Space.

Other winners on the night included Garth Knox, who was awarded the New Music Performer of the Year, and Red Note Ensemble who were honoured with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Contribution to New Music in Scotland.

The eleven categories celebrate Scotland’s contemporary music scene and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work being created in the country.

More than 200 artists, audience members, and members of the public submitted nominations to the awards, which is created by New Music Scotland with support from Creative Scotland Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, PRS for Music, Dorico by Steinberg, The Good Spirits Co. Glasgow, Musicians’ Union, and EVM (Effective Visual Marketing) and New Music Scotland.

Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland, said: ‘The new music scene in Scotland is fearlessly open to a diversity of influences and ideas, as could be seen and heard right across the excellent list of nominees for this year’s awards.

‘It’s really encouraging to see both emerging talents and leading lights among the winners, as well as festivals and performers who are dedicated to taking new music out of the central belt, to Fife, Aberdeenshire and beyond. Creative Scotland is proud to support a sector that makes such great music while breaking the rules and challenging the norm. Now is the time for Scotland to show how its new music can influence the rest of the world.’

Graham McKenzie, panellist and artistic director of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, added: ‘It was a pleasure to be involved in the Scottish Awards for New Music for the first time, and very exciting to be introduced to the range and diversity of new music being produced across the country.

‘The quality and innovation of the work was impressive, and I was particularly pleased to see a strong emphasis on gender balance represented. On a personal basis the whole experience has brought to my intention a number of composer voices here in Scotland that I will certainly look to work with in the future.”

The full list of Scottish Awards for New Music 2019 winners is as follows:

New Music Performer of the Year – Garth Knox
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Contribution to New Music in Scotland – Red Note Ensemble
Award for Large Scale New Work sponsored by PRS for Music – Helen Grime Woven Space
Dorico Award for Small Scale New Work sponsored by Steinberg – James Dillon Quartet No. 9
Recorded New Work – softLOUD | Sean Shibe on Delphian Records
The Good Spirits Company Award for Innovation in New Traditional Music, joint winners – Ailie Robertson Seven Sorrows Grit Orchestra Bothy Culture
EVM Award for Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work – Pippa Murphy Breathe in me
Creative Programming – sound
RCS Award for Making It Happen – Nevis Ensemble
Community/Education Project – Lost At Sea East Neuk Festival / Scanner / Svend McEwan-Brown
RCS Award for Collaboration in New Music – Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti 
featuring Simon Thacker Neyveli / B. Venkatesh / K.V. Gopalakrishna / N. Guruprasad / Farid Yesmin / Raju Das Baul / Sunayana Ghosh