John Maxwell Geddes - Press
John Maxwell Geddes Wins Creative Scotland AwardScottish Music Centre
9 Mar 2007
Last night, Glasgow-based composer John Maxwell Geddes was one of ten top Scottish artists to be honoured with a £30,000 Creative Scotland Award.
At a glittering ceremony at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh, Geddes received the award for his project to write music for Paragon Ensemble, incorporating ideas and material created by young people in practical workshops.
He hopes to work with children across the country, with collaborations in Aberdeen and Dumfries already confirmed. Geddes is delighted at the way the two strands of his life's work - both educational and creative - have been recognized in this way.
Meanwhile, he has just completed a new work, Gemini for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, an elegy for his late friend and fellow composer Thomas Wilson, and is currently writing a solo violin piece for the McLellan Festival on the Isle of Arran.
The other recipients of this year's Creative Scotland Awards were: Peter Arnott, Henry Coombes, Linda Cracknell, Jonathan Falla, Kenny Hunter, May Miles Thomas, Tom Pow, Ross Sinclair and Simon Yuill.
The prestigious lottery-funded awards, which were initiated in 2000 to reward, honour and celebrate Scotland's leading artists and help raise the profile of the arts, provide up to ten artists with a record of major achievement with the opportunity to realise their creative ideas in a major project.