An ambitious Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) partnership with Shetland Arts, Loganair, TOTAL E&P UK Limited (TEP UK), Capital Solutions and Northlink Ferries has won an Arts & Business Scotland Award at a prestigious ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.
Arts & Business Scotland exists to promote mutually beneficial relationships between business and culture and holds an Awards ceremony each year to recognise the most outstanding and creative partnerships.
The significant Shetland collaboration between business and arts won the ‘First in a Lifetime’ Award for a project which enabled the RSNO to embark on its most geographically ambitious residential endeavour – Out and About in Shetland, involving 5 days of rehearsals, performances and workshops across the Islands.
The organisations were presented with specially commissioned award pieces in front of an audience of over 300 guests from business, the arts and the media.
Organisations large and small were recognised in ten Awards categories, and included businesses from the financial sector, energy sector, drinks industry, legal services industry, business services sector and creative industries. The arts activity supported reached from Dumfries and Galloway to Aberdeen, from Arran to Shetland and Orkney and included classical music, film, festival, literature, visual arts, opera and theatre.
Barclay Price, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland, said: “Among the many worthy winners, this was a particularly deserving one as at a time when it can be difficult to raise sponsorship for events of this scale, the combined sponsorship by four companies made the first visit by a symphony orchestra to Shetland in 20 years possible. The generous support of these companies ensured that 3000 Shetland residents had the opportunity to enjoy live classical music – many for the first time.”