Scottish Awards for New Music 2023



The winners of the Scottish Awards for New Music 2023 will be announced at an awards presentation at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, on Friday 1 September 2023, hosted by Susanna Eastburn MBE. Tickets are on sale


The 2023 shortlist are: 


The Dorico Award for Small-scale Work, sponsored by Steinberg

Winner:, Jack for two unplugged electric guitars

Matthew Grouse, Silberblau

Ruth Morley, Neon Flicker (for solo flute)

Turning the Elements (Joanna Nicholson, Frances Cooper) , No Trees to Whisper


The PRS for Music Award for Large-scale Work

Winner: Aileen Sweeney, Winter

Lisa Robertson, Amidst the rising tides - we rise

Errollyn Wallen, Dido’s Ghost


The Musicians' Union Award for New Music Performer(s)

Winner: Sonic Bothy

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ruth Morley

The Other 


The ISM Award for New Music Recording

Winner:Martin Suckling, The Tuning

Joanna Nicholson, Gyre

Stuart MacRae, Ursa Minor: Chamber Music

Various Artists, The Night With..., live Volume 2


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for New Music Trailblazer

Winner: Kate Molleson

Alasdair Campbell

Matthew Whiteside


The Award for New Music Project

Winner: Echoes, Drake Music Scotland/Hebrides Ensemble / Ben Lunn

Get Creative, Sound Scotland 

Modern Chants, various artists

OVER / At - Rufus Isabel Elliot


The Award for Sonic Art

Winner: Alliyah Enyo, Selkie Tape Loops

Maria Fusco & Olivier Pasquet, Mollspeak

Pete Stollery, Gruyères Bells


The Award for New Music Programme

Sonica Glasgow

Sound Thought

Unbound Sound

Winner: WATER MUSIC source to sea


If you would like to join us for an inspirational evening celebrating Scotland’s vibrant new music sector, tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite here. Full price tickets cost £15, concessions are also available. 


The eight categories have been judged by an international panel of composers, performers,

programmers and music industry experts. The 2023 judging panel were Mathilde Bezard,

Project Manager Classical and Contemporary Music at the Institut Francais, Dr Seán Clancy,

Composer and Senior Lecturer in Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Jessica

Cottis, Conductor, Maayan Franco, Conductor, Sarah Gee, Chief Executive of Spitalfields

Music, David Kettle, Music Writer and Editor, Tamara Kohler, Chief Executive of

Contemporary Music for All, Alisson Kruusmaa, Composer, Gunnar Karel Másson,

Composer, Graham Mckenzie, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of The HCMF, and Dougie

Scarfe, Chief Executive of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

We would like to thank our award sponsors Dorico Steinberg, PRS for Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Independent Society of Musicians, and The Musicians’ Union.



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