Paul Mealor, Professor of Composition has been honoured by Scotland's Saltire Society for his outstanding contribution to arts and humanities in Scotland. Mealor, one of the world's most performed living composers has lived and worked in Scotland for over twenty years, writing many of his major compositions here.
He has been given the Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award - one of the Society’s most prestigious honours - in recognition of his compositions. Mealor is only the second composer, after Sir James MacMillan to receive the award.
Mealor said, ‘I am honoured to receive this prestigious award from my adopted country. The landscape, people and culture of Scotland are a constant inspiration to me. Thank you, Saltire Society. This really does mean the world to me.’
Established in 1988, the Fletcher of Saltoun Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to Scottish Culture and The Arts, Science and Public Life. The Awards celebrate the legacy of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, a seventeenth century Scottish writer, politician, activist and a keen patron of the Arts during his lifetime.