Posted: 16-Jul-2008 20:49
I saw this advertised in the Fiddle On Magazine:
The Niel Gow International Fiddle Composition Award is launched in 2008 to encourage creative fiddle composition. Based in Scotland, it seeks to attract entries from the global village of writers/fiddlers. The melodies composed need not be in the traditional Scottish style (jig, reel, strathspey, air etc), however they should in some way evoke the spirit of Gow and his Highland Perthshire homeland.
Staged as part of the 4th Perthshire Amber Festival, it is hoped that this inaugural Award will mark the beginning of an annual event. Six finalists will be invited to perform their original melodies in Birnam, Perthshire on October 28th. The winner will receive an engraved trophy as well as a cash award of £1000. He or she will also be invited to perform the winning melody at Blair Castle during the following evening's concert as a guest of Dougie MacLean.
This event is sponsored by The Fiddle Tree, Birnam CD, Fiona Ritchie Productions (Radio & Podcasts from the heart of Scotland via NPR) and Butterstone Studios.
More Information about the Award and Submitting an Entry
The Niel Gow Fiddle Composition Award is for an original composition, performed on fiddle by the composer.
For entry forms and more about the competition go to : http://www.nielgow.com
Posted: 17-Jul-2008 18:49
Wouldn't it have been nice if they'd decided to collaborate with the already established Niel Gow Festival on this one? Pete Clark has been running that for a few years now in March, the weekend nearest Gow's birthday, with little sponsorship. His and the festival's aim is to raise enough money to have a Gow memorial / statue created, and it's a great weekend. Pity....
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