‘Sound’ festival shortlisted for prestigious UK award

An initative of Wooden Barn and the University of Aberdeen has been shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Award, it was announced last week.

Sound is the North East’s festival of new music and was launched in 2005. Now an annual event, Sound aims to make new music more accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds by presenting an eclectic but very broad range of contemporary music. It includes classical, traditional, popular, jazz, experimental - performed through a wide array of events including concerts, talks, electroacoustic installations, and workshops.

As well as programming its own events, Sound operates as an umbrella for a range of concerts, workshops, masterclasses and performances programmed by other organisations in the North East. Dame Evelyn Glennie, James MacMillan and Rohan de Saram are current Patrons of the Festival.

The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the UK. One of only three events shortlisted for the Concert Series and Festivals Award, the Sound nomination underscores the impact that the festival has made in the 8 years since it was founded by Professor Pete Stollery of Aberdeen University and Mark Hope of Woodend Barn.

The RPS Music Award nomination is for the 2012 festival, a highlight of which was the Out of the Box opera weekend - staged in unusual places and spaces such as a stables, a lighthouse, a flat, a pub and even a bus.

“We are thrilled to have been short-listed for the RPS’ Concert Series and Festivals Award,” said festival director Fiona Robertson.

Sound is fairly young new music festival and works in a slightly unusual fashion – with a network of local partners involved in programming events in the festival, and a very small staff team.

The Winners of the RPS Music Awards will be announced on 14 May.