At the festival this year we were pleased to both receive and present an award.

Mary Scott, honorary secretary of The Clarsach Society, received The Landmark Award from Hands Up for Trad recognising the work of The Clarsach Society over the last 85 years!  In 2016 Hand up for Trad launched a new initiative – The Landmark Awards – “We are doing this to record the amazing landmarks that many cultural organisations reach.”  Hands up for Trad was formed in 2002 and exists to increase the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through Information, Education and Advocacy.

Mary Landmark

Mary Scott receiving the Landmark Award

Jessica Burton received the Young Composer Award from Janette Bain, Vice Convener of the Clarsach Society. Jessica’s beautiful, contemporary piece was very inventive, moving deftly between time signatures, using the drums to great effect. It is a piece that harpers can really get their teeth into – challenging and great fun.  The Young Composer Award is an annual competition issued by The Clarsach Society where composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to present an original piece of music for the Clarsach.


Jessica Burton receiving the Young Composer Award