University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) are sponsoring Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2022. The awards will be held in Dundee’s Caird Hall on Sunday 4th December 2022 and we would love to see you there! You can buy a ticket here handsup.link/tradawardstickets.
Hands Up for Trad are delighted that the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) continues to sponsor Musician of the Year in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.
Anna-Wendy Stevenson, Programme Leader for UHI’s BA (Hons) Applied Music degree, said: “Scotland is home to an incredibly rich, diverse and creative traditional music culture and it is important and highly inspirational for our students to see musical talent and commitment recognised in this high profile public event. We are delighted to continue to support the Musician of the Year Award and, in so doing, celebrate the contribution and positive impact our musicians have on our wellbeing, culture, communities and economy.”
UHI is a leader in the development of award-winning music curriculum, including its BA (Hons) applied music and MA music and the environment courses. The innovative use of technology in these programmes provides opportunities to learn from professional practitioners and tradition bearers across Scotland and internationally while connecting students across the world from Senegal to Shetland, USA to the Outer Hebrides in residential programmes.
Open to musicians of any musical genre (including composition and sound production), this approach facilitates rich creative exploration and the development of a diverse community of practice, attracting school leavers to professional musicians and those working in music education. A range of partnerships with external bodies including festivals and education services provides new opportunities to explore performance, creativity, recording, contextual studies, education and community, interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange. UHI’s partnership with the National Piping Centre provides a progression route for HND students onto its applied music degree.
The BA (Hons) applied music and MA music and the environment courses claim some of the top names in traditional music in Scotland in their alumni rosta. For the last four consecutive years, applied music has been awarded 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and, in 2021, the lecturing team was awarded the prestigious Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence by the Advance Higher Education Academy.
The UHI team has a range of partnerships, including a new agreement with the National Piping Centre in Glasgow which provides a progression route for HND onto Applied Music. They also have long standing relationships with the Albastur Cultural Exchange in Asturias, Ceolas Gaelic Music projects in South Uist, the HebCelt festival, An Lanntair in Stornoway and the ‘Far Flung Corners’ collaboration supported by Arts Council England.
Scholarships include the UHI Lillywhite Family Trust Scholarship of £5,000 which will support a student on the MA music and environment course who would be unable to take up their desired course due to financial constraint and the £1000 Uist Music Scholarship to support a student to move to South Uist to study.
Find out more about University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) at https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/index.php?course-subject-search=Creative+industries.