ABO Special Award for Former Chief Executive, Roy McEwan OBE

ABO Special AwardWe are delighted to hear that our former Chief Executive, Roy McEwan OBE, has been awarded a Special Award at the annual Association of British Orchestras (ABO)/Rhinegold Awards, this year hosted by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

The awards, which shine a spotlight on managers who contribute so much to the success of the UK’s classical music-making behind the scenes, were presented at the annual ABO conference dinner in Bournemouth Pavilion by Anne-Marie Minhall, Classic FM presenter. Roy McEwan OBE and David Whelton OBE (Philharmonia Orchestra) are the first ever recipients of the ABO Special Awards, a new award created this year to celebrate, specifically, these two long-serving orchestra directors who served with distinction on the ABO Board. Roy served twice on the board from 1993 to 2003 and then again from 2014 to 2016. He was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2011 for services to music.

 Long-lasting creative relationships

Roy retired from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in summer 2016 after a remarkable 23 years as Chief Executive. During that time he carefully nurtured our long-lasting creative relationships with internationally renowned soloists, conductors, composers and recording companies; created high profile international touring; and sustained the development of SCO Connect’s projects in education and the community. The Orchestra tours the nation far and wide with over 90 concerts a year – more than any of Scotland’s other music organisations - while overseas touring has been pioneering and far-reaching. As well as performing in celebrated concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, the USA and Far East, the SCO was also the first British orchestra to tour to India in 2009. Stable recording relationships are also a touchstone of the Orchestra’s successful profile. With Mackerras, the SCO produced many critically acclaimed recordings of Mozart Operas as well as a Grammy-nominated set of Brahms Symphonies, and the relationship with Linn has produced 25 recordings and counting. Artistic integrity and audience development are maintained by Creative Learning projects which Roy integrated into the main season programme, creating vital opportunities for young people. Over the last season we reached more than 9000 young people through different projects including those for babies and toddlers, primary school children, a fusion band for teenagers and workshops for secondary school pupils studying music.