Winners of the NOEA Scotland Tribute Award 2016!

Tammo Schuelke receiving NOEA Award 2016

At an Awards Ceremony in Bath on 24 November 2016, Scottish Chamber Orchestra was awarded the National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA) Scotland Tribute Award for The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, which was on 29 August 2016, Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. The judges described the Fireworks Concert, which is produced by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and promoted by the Edinburgh International Festival as “simply outstanding”.

Speaking from the Awards Ceremony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra Concerts & Projects Manager Tammo Schuelke (pictured, with Tom Clements, NOEA Scotland Chairman and NOEA vice president) said, “The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert is artistically exceptional and as innovative and progressive as it was 35 years ago when this annual event started. We are indebted to our many partners who help make this event such a success and in particular to Historic Environment Scotland for enabling us to use Edinburgh Castle - a live army base as well as Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction – to set off live fireworks synchronised to the Orchestra performance. Thank you very much to the NOEA for recognising all that goes into making this event the successful annual milestone it is.”

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert beat stiff competition from Glamis Proms (PDF Productions), the Royal Highland Show – Royal Highland Society and Glasgow Summer Sessions. It was a record breaking entry for the awards this year and judges said the quality was superb so being shortlisted was an achievement in itself, according to NOEA chief executive Susan Tanner.

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert (Scottish Chamber Orchestra) was also nominated for a Best Practice, Event Innovation of the Year, and Event of the Year Awards.

The date for the 2017 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert will be announced in March 2017.

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