Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year.

The 2020 Epic Awards closed for applications on 14 June 2020. This year, a diversity of inspiring groups and projects were awarded at our first virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October. Discover the stories of each winner. Read more in our press release.

Each year, shortlisted entries are put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) are selected by our panel of judges.

The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. 

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Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show

Riddell Fiddles< Back to Shortlist

Now in its 15th year, Riddell Fiddles helps people in the Scottish Borders access the joy of fiddle-playing.

Over the past year they have run the ‘Bannerfield Buskers’ project, during which 16 young people were provided with free instruments and weekly tuition, before taking part in local festivals, a short tour and performed at local care homes.

The Riddell Fiddles main group played at 50 events, including a trip to Barbados Celtic Festival to work with special needs children, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Floors Castle in Kelso and Riddell Tower near Selkirk – with the group also composing tunes for some of these events.

At the Selkirk Christmas Tree Lights switch-on, the ceilidh teenagers showed the 'auld yins' how to do it. In their own words, “Riddell Fiddles is local, fun and free, offering the chance to take part in performances and tours. In an area where unemployment is high, wages are low and shops are disappearing fast, there has to be some cheer.”


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