A SCOTTISH music festival has been nominated for an international music award.

Sound, the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire 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.

Fiona Roberston, director of the annual festival, said: "This is tremendous accolade for sound festival.

"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."

This year the award is focussing on celebrating women in music.

The 2018 Sound festival showcased work by 50 women composers, including new commissions from Sally Beamish, Diana Burrell, Anna Appleby and others.

Ms Robertson added: "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.


THE 12th Fringe by the Sea festival, in North Berwick, has announced its programme.

It will run from 2-11 August.

New to the festival is Blue Rose Code - Edinburgh born songwriter Ross Wilson.

Dozens more acts will be announced over coming months, with the full programme set to offer over 140 shows covering music, comedy, film, literature, amongst other genres.

The festival is centred around Spiegeltents in the town’s harbourside.

The Seabird Centre will present a programme of conservation and environmental events.

There will also be literary events in North Berwick Library and outdoor action taking locals and visitors out and about in East Lothian.

Niall Middleton, co-director, said: "Behind the scenes we’re finalising the wider programme with more great music and comedy acts, a special focus on kids shows and family entertainment, inspirational conversations, film, wellbeing and of course bringing back the much- loved festival favourites."


EDINBURGH Printmakers at its new Castle Mills site on Dundee Street, Edinburgh will open to the public on 27 April with the exhibition The Politics of Heritage vs. the Heritage of Politics by German printmaker Thomas Kilpper.

Established in 1967, Edinburgh Printmakers is an arts charity specialising in printmaking.

Castle Mills is the new £11m home for the Printmakers, and is set to be one of the largest printmaking facilities created for artists in Europe.

Shân Edwards, chief executive, said: "Opening Castle Mills with a European artist, signifies our vision for Edinburgh Printmakers in the future.

"Edinburgh Printmakers is an arts charity with printmaking at its heart.

"By 2023, our spaces will be creative communities that lead with our knowledge and heritage, innovate through our practice and ambitions and welcome the wider world to art.

"Artist Thomas Kilpper’s exhibition will reflect the history of the building through his chosen material and portray a view of politics relevant today to mark this moment in history."

Riona McMorrow, acting head of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland, said: "The people of Fountainbridge are justifiably proud of their industrial heritage and thanks to players of the National Lottery, this important part of it has an exciting future back at the heart of the community.

"Once open, Castle Mills will be a contemporary hub of creative enterprise benefitting people living and working nearby, bringing a sense of pride to the people who call this area home, and offering an exciting addition to Scotland and Edinburgh’s cultural scene.”