Media Release: Dougie MacLean commissioned to create new work in Perth and Kinross

MUSICIAN and composer, Dougie MacLean, will compose a new piece of music entitled ‘Perthshire Cantata’ to be performed at Perth Festival of the Arts and other venues, thanks to support from Creative Scotland’s Traditional Arts Commissioning Programme.

Perth Festival of the Arts will commission musician and composer, Dougie MacLean to compose a new piece of music entitled ‘Perthshire Cantata’.

The new work, fusing traditional and classical music will be performed at Perth Festival’s final concert on Sunday 1 June, 2014 and another location to be confirmed.

Arranged by John Logan, ‘Perthshire Cantata’ will be performed by leading musicians including Greg Lawson, principal second violinist at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and piper, Ross Ainslie, amongst others. The project is supported by an award of £9,470 from Creative Scotland.

Seven commissions across Scotland have been supported with a total of £148,470 through Creative Scotland’s Traditional Arts Programme, which aims to ensure Scotland’s traditional arts are recognised and celebrated nationally and internationally.

The purpose of the fund is to support new commissions of Traditional Arts activity – of various scales and art forms – that can be performed or exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally – reflecting local diversity, and Scots and or Gaelic where appropriate.

Leonie Bell, acting director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said:

“Traditional arts play a unique role in Scotland’s cultural identity, communities are bound by the stories and music around them, our history is kept alive, our future shaped. These diverse commissions draw on different strands of this country’s vibrant musical and literary traditions, creating work that has its own place and meaning in the 21st-century.”



  1. Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively. In 2013/14 we will distribute over £100m in funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information on Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and
  2. Creative Scotland works with an external advisory group made up of organisations rooted in Scotland’s traditional arts. This group, including the Scottish Storytelling Forum, the Traditional Music Forum, and Voluntary Arts Scotland, meet regularly to discuss the key issues facing the sector, and in previous years their work has led to the development of specific funding initiatives for the traditional arts such as the Small Traditional Arts Fund, the Traditional Arts Mentoring Fund, and Traditional Arts Commissioning Fund.  In 2013/14, Creative Scotland increased the financial support available to the traditional arts from £250k to £500k. This money is intended to support specific activities that will strengthen and develop the traditional arts sector in Scotland.
  3. In 2013/14, the total budget available for Traditional Arts Commissions is £320,000. Awards will normally be in the region of £5,000 – £30,000. The next deadline for application is 7 January 2014.

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