2006 Awardee: Adam Clifford

I would like to thank the trustees for the generous Dewar Award. I am delighted to accept


Adam is one of the many talented former pupils of the City of Edinburgh Music School at Broughton supported by an Award.

In 2003 he won the John Macleod award for composition at the Edinburgh Competition Festival. In 2004 he reached the percussion finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and in the same year went on to win the Traves Trophy for a half-hour recital, open to all instruments.

He is currently studying music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won an entrance scholarship. For three years Adam has performed in the resident orchestra at the MusicaRiva Festival in Northern Italy, with members of La Scala, Milan. He is also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, their contemporary music ensemble NYOS Futures and Camerata Scotland.

As well as being an accomplished orchestral percussionist already, Adam’s real passion is for solo percussion.

Adam is considered to be a gifted, thoughtful and original musician who has the potential to reach the top of his field.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award is helping towards Adam’s considerable maintenance expenses whilst a student in London.

Since the Award

Adam completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with first-class honours. Adam’s final year was packed with ‘great and new experiences’, during which he performed his first professional solo recital in London.

At the end of the year, Adam was awarded the Meaker Fellowship by the Academy which involves various responsibilities within the percussion department. Adam’s tutors describe him as ‘talented and outstanding’ and view his undergraduate years as ‘a total success story’.

10/11/13 – Adam performs with composer Steve Reich. Further details here.

I would like to thank the trustees for the generous Dewar Award. I am delighted to accept