This year, Nordoff Robbins Scotland celebrated the 20th annual SSE Scottish Music Awards at the SEC, Glasgow. An astounding £100,000 has been raised for Nordoff Robbins Scotland!!

The incredible event had live performances from Snow Patrol, Tom Grennan, Kyle Falconer and more! 

Nordoff Robbins Scotland

Kicking Things Off

The first award of the night went to Hold Fast Entertainment owner and former Chairman Nordoff Robbins Scotland. After devoting 20 years of service to the music therapy charity, Donald Macleod was presented with an ‘Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nordoff Robbins‘. Afterwards, in typical Donald fashion, he gave a lighthearted speech that had the whole room in fits of laughter. 

Susan Boyle and Amy Macdonald

Opening the performances was the sensational Susan Boyle  with her rendition of ‘Wild Horses’. Later she gratefully accepted her ‘Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award‘ Sponsored by The Royal Highland Centre. Eleven years after winning Best Newcomer at the 2007 awards, Amy MacDonald took the stage and belted her songs, ‘Woman of the World’ and ‘This is Life’. Hi

SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Donald Macleod
Donald Macleod
Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle
Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Amy Macdonald
Amy Macdonald

Eclair FiFi & Kyle Falconer

Eclair FiFi picked up the ‘Electronic Music Award’ sponsored by Sub Club.  Mike Grieve,  Managing Director of Sub Club described her as:

 “a stalwart of the Scottish electronic music scene whose career is really lifting off after almost two decades in the business. Beginning with pirate radio broadcasts and late 90’s raves, Eclair Fifi has developed into a polished and highly accomplished artist. Her multi genre style sets her apart from most of her peers. We see her in demand at clubs and festivals around the world”. 

Later, Kyle Falconer returned to the SSE Scottish Music Awards stage to perform from his debut solo album, ‘No Thank You’. It was released earlier this year. When receiving his award for ‘Best Album‘ sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe, Kyle exclaimed that:

to receive such a significant award as this has been the cherry on the cake of a truly brilliant year‘.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Kyle Falconer
Kyle Falconer
Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - The Snuts
The Snuts

SWG3, The Snuts & Annie Lennox

The SWG3 team proudly accepted their ‘Evolution Award’ sponsored by the Sunday Mail. Later, rock band The Snuts, thrilled the Glaswegian crowd with their hit ‘Glasgow’. They won the ‘Breakthrough Artist Award’ Sponsored by Rekorderlig Cider. 

Annie Lennox won a ‘Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award’ Sponsored by The Royal Highland Centre. However she was unable to make the event to receive her award. Instead, she shared a video message thanking Nordoff Robbins Scotland for their hard work in music therapy, ending with “thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Nordoff Robbins Scotland Beneficiary

Paul, the father of a child supported by the Nordoff Robbins Scotland charity went on stage at the SEC to share how music therapy positively impacts the life of his daughter Holly. He told: 

Holly was born with a genetic condition, which sometimes seemed that she wanted to live in her own little world. She’s a happy child and very resilient. Music therapy has had a big impact on her life. It was as if the music had awoken something inside her“.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol
Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - World Pipe Band Championships
World Pipe Band Championships

Snow Patrol & World Pipe Band Championships

Alongside winning the ‘SSE Artist of the Year Award‘ sponsored by SSE, the much anticipated Snow Patrol wowed the  audience with their fantastic acoustic set. ‘They performed two of their global hits including ‘Chasing Cars’. After an impressive performance by the World Pipe Band Championships, they went on to win the ‘Glasgow, Unesco City of Music Best Live Event Award‘! 

Mark Knopfler & The Auction

Glasgwegian, Mark Knopfler OBE, has written and produced countless songs throughout his successful career. Having sold over 200 million records worldwide. As well as winning the ‘Living Legend Award‘ sponsored by Raymond Weil, he donated a signed painting for the fundraising action!

Other prizes included tickets to see the Spice Girls at Wembley and a Liam Gallagher signed guitar. All funds raised from the action will go towards music therapy in Scotland.

SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler
Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - HYYTS

Kevin Bridges, Gary Clark & HYYTS

Comic, Kevin Bridges, won the ‘Ticketmaster Tourmaster Award‘ sponsored by Ticketmaster. He deserved this without a doubt having recently sold out 19 shows at the SSE Hydro in his hometown Glasgow. 

Despite being unable to attend, Dundee-born Gary Clark, won the ‘Music Business Award‘ sponsored by Sir Reo Stakis Foundation for his commendable efforts as a songwriter and music producer. Having co-wrote and produced songs with HYYTS, the band were able to represent his work with an excellent performance. 

Frightened Rabbit

Emotions ran high whilst Geoff Ellis of DF Concerts and Events, presented Frightened Rabbit with the ‘Song Writing Award‘ sponsored by King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. During their acceptance speech, drummer Grant Hutchison asked: 

Can we all just go away from tonight and do one thing? Say to yourself: ‘While I’m alive I’ll make tiny changes to earth”. 

This poignant message quotes the lyrics of the Frightened Rabbit song, ‘Head Rolls Off’ written by front man, Scott Hutchison. Frightened Rabbit’s songs have been acclaimed for their honesty and passion. Click on the YouTube icon to hear ‘Heads Roll Off’.

SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit
SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Frightened Rabbit
Geoff Ellis & Frightened Rabbit

The Script

Winning the ‘Best International Artist Award‘ sponsored by Specsavers was The Script. Due to their busy schedule, they were unable to collect their award in person but they filmed an acceptance video saying: 

Hello to everybody at the SSE Scottish Music Awards, we are very sorry we can’t be there right now to have a few drinks and enjoy this incredible award. It’s the Specsavers International Award and we’d love to thank all our fans, all the Scottish audience you have always put us in your hearts”.

Tom Grennan

Closing an amazing night was Tom Grennan, winner of ‘Best UK Artist Award’ sponsored by ROX – Diamond & Thrills. The English singer performed 3 hit songs, ‘Royal Highness’, ‘Barbed Wire’ and ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’. He thanked the audience saying:

Scotland I’m honoured to receive this award, it’s my first award. But tonight is not about me, it’s about Holly and the charity – let’s have a party!

Nordoff Robbins Scotland - SSE Scottish Music Awards 2018 - Tom Grennan
Tom Grennan

The event went off without a hitch and a massive sum of money has been raised for music therapy sessions in Scotland! Thank you to everyone who helped make it a huge success!


About the Author Lauren

After studying International Business at the University of Strathclyde for four years, I travelled around Latin America for seven months, learning Spanish. I am now a Marketing Executive at Hold Fast Entertainment and a regular volunteer at Nordoff Robbins Scotland's SSE Scottish Music Awards.

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