TEN artists and community-based projects have been chosen to feature in a new film to highlight National Lottery arts funding in Scotland.

From Birnam Arts in Perthshire to the winner of the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year, musician RM Hubbert, they share their stories of receiving grants ranging in size from £3,000 (Sianna Bruce, an aerial dancer from Dundee) to £93,211 to Live Music Now Scotland for performances in care homes, hospices, day centres, special schools, and secure units.

Winner of the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, RM Hubbert received £6,000 from Creative Scotland and wrote, recorded and released an album of collaborations between himself and international female artists called Telling The Trees.

More than £33.7m of National Lottery funding was allocated last year to Scottish arts projects by Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, and Heritage Lottery Fund.


ACTOR Simon Callow is to appear at the 2016 Sound festival in Aberdeenshire, performing Der Tribun (The Tribune or the Mother of all Speeches), a caricature of totalitarianism by the leading 20th century composer Mauricio Kagel, on October 29 at ACT Aberdeen.

At the time of its composition (1978) the Argentinian-born composer was living in Cologne with a Soviet backed regime in power across the border in a still divided Germany, while in South America his native country was in the hands of Videla and Pinochet ruled Chile, with military dictatorships also in Boliva (Banzer), Peru (Francisco Morales Bermudez ) Brazil (Ernesto Geisel) and Paraguay (Alfredo Stroessner). Initially a radio play, the piece features a political orator, marching sounds, and loudspeakers.

Der Tribun will be performed in a concert that also features De Staat (The Republic) by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and the world premiere of a commission from Sound’s first composer in residence, John De Simone.