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We are thrilled to announce that Scottish Ensemble has been selected for the longlist of the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award.

Comprising 30 organisations, institutions and people taking an innovative approach to their varied activities in the classical music sphere, Scottish Ensemble is one of only three UK organisations to be nominated for the longlist. The other two UK nominees are Glasgow-and-Reykjavik-based music festival, Ilan Volkov’s Tectonicsas well as curator and performer Lucy Railton, who co-founded and co-directs the London Contemporary Music Festival.

The nomination follows Scottish Ensemble’s work in breaking down the barriers between classical music and other art forms, opening this frequently closed-off genre up to new and more diverse audiences. This has resulted in three cross-artform collaborations in recent years: 20th-Century Perspectives in 2014, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia in 2015, and Anno with Anna Meredith in 2016.

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.

Classical:NEXT Director Jennifer Dautermann said: “This award aims to give international recognition to the people who are doing the most to push things forward with daring yet intelligent, effective and successful “out-of-the-box” thinking, planning and action. As with Classical:NEXT itself, the Innovation Award is a global, democratic, community effort.”

The selection was made by the Nominating Committee, who will now create a shortlist of ten organisations. The winner will then 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 2017 Closing event, which will take place in The Netherlands on 20 May 2017.