News Release: Sound festival longlisted for prestigious international award

A Scottish festival has been nominated for a prestigious international music award it was announced today. Sound, the Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire based new music organisation, is one of 37 festivals, ensembles and performers from across the globe to be included in the ClassicalNEXT Innovation award Long List. It is the only UK festival, event or ensemble to make the list.

“This is tremendous accolade for soundfestival,” says Director, Fiona Robertson. “To be nominated for such a prestigious award and to be in such august company is a great recognition of sound’s work and a real boost for contemporary music in Scotland.”

The 2019 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award is particularly celebrating women in music, a subject which was also central to the 2018 soundfestival. The festival showcased work by around 50 women composers including new commissions from Sally Beamish, Diana Burrell, Anna Appleby and more. A debate on equal access to commissions for women composers led by Lucy Hollingworth was also a centrepiece of the opening weekend of the 2018 festival.

“We are delighted to see that this year’s ClassialNEXT Innovation award particularly recognises the contribution of women in Classical Music.” adds Fiona Robertson. “At sound we have showcased and commissioned work from women composers for many years and are particularly pleased that our work in this area at the 2018 festival has been recognised.”

The winner will be revealed and the award presented at the closing ceremony of Classical:NEXT 2019, which will take place at de Doelen in the Netherlands on 18 May 2019.


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Lesley Booth