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Scottish Ensemble is thrilled to announce that the group has been shortlisted for the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award, an exciting international award which rewards innovative people and projects that are changing the classical music landscape.

The selection was made by the Classical:NEXT Nominating Committee, who chose a shortlist of 12 from a total of 28 longlisted organisations. The winner will now be picked through an online vote open to the Classical:NEXT online community, which includes over 3,000 delegates from across the world. The winner will be revealed and the award presented at the Classical:NEXT 2018 Closing event, which takes place in Rotterdam on 19 May 2018.

The nomination follows Scottish Ensemble’s work towards exploring the barriers between classical music and other art forms, opening up this sometimes closed-off genre to as many new people as possible. Since 2014, SE has diversified its audiences and offered fresh perspectives on classical music predominantly through its four cross-artform collaborations: 20th-Century Perspectives in 2014, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia in 2015, Anno with Anna Meredith in 2016 and Tabula Rasa with pioneering Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point in 2017.

This cross-artform work is complemented by Scottish Ensemble’s creative learning and community work, which is very much integrated into its season of performances.


Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, our 2015 collaboration with Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance.

The Classical:NEXT Innovation Award began in 2015 as a way of spotlighting and promoting forward-thinking activities, informing classical music professionals about exciting experiments and approaches happening beyond their own national or local scenes. The first ever winners were Lucerne Festival’s Ark Nova and the Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise Festival, followed in 2016 by Germany’s Ensemble Resonanz and their project Urban String, which brings a club atmosphere to classical music, often featuring guest soloists, DJs and electronic musicians.

Elaborating on what innovation in this context really means, the Classical:NEXT team stated:

Where there’s innovation there’s imagination, and where imagination reaches the public domain there’s inspiration. So when you vote we’d like you to consider the value of innovation with lasting impact. In a nutshell, the winner should exemplify a new practice with the potential to be a game-changer in the classical music world. There are players big and small on the list. They vary from major, big budget institutions to smaller low or no budget organisations and individuals. A striking feature of innovation is that the ideas behind it are completely free (you don’t need a budget to think creatively). We would like the first Innovation Award to shine the spotlight on particularly imaginative ways in which ideas have been implemented or achieved.

If you are a Classical:NEXT member, please do consider voting for Scottish Ensemble.

Anno, our 2016 collaboration with classical-electronic crossover composer Anna Meredith.


More on the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award
More on Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (micro-site)
More on Anno with Anna Meredith (documentary)