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Joint winner of the Placemaking award: Brian Inkster (Inksters), Fraser Anderson (Scottish Ensemble), Jenni Steele (VisitScotland), John Raine (Shell UK), Liz Scott (Shell UK) Martin Danziger (Theatre Modo) - Photo: Eoin Carey.

A FOUR-day residency of the Scottish Ensemble in Shetland, sponsored by Inksters Solicitors, has won the Arts & Business Scotland Placemaking Award 2014.

The programme in summer last year featured Seavaigers – a double concerto for Shetland fiddle and Scottish harp, which was written by Sally Beamish for fiddler Chris Stout, harpist Catriona McKay and Scottish Ensemble.

The law firm’s Brian Inkster said: “It was truly a privilege to have been involved in such a special project that enabled Scottish Ensemble to take their music to the Shetland community.”

Interim general manager of Scottish Ensemble, Fraser Anderson, added: “Winning in the category of Placemaking is particularly significant as this partnership has allowed us to forge a meaningful new relationship with a community, one that we hope to continue in the long-term.”

The Placemaking category was the most closely contested award splitting the judges who finally agreed to make the collaborations between Inksters & Scottish Ensemble, and Shell UK Limited & Theatre Modo joint winners.