The John Byrne Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Social Discourse.
At The John Byrne Award Ceremony on Saturday the 7th of March, 2020, we presented The John Byrne Award for an Outstanding Contribution to an organisation and individual that have championed open, inclusive and constructive social discourse.
Richard Holloway is a highly principled and courageous writer, broadcaster, and cleric. He has been steadfast in acting in accordance with his personal values throughout his career; he resigned as Bishop of Edinburgh in the Anglican Church in protest, has written prodigiously on often controversial topics, and was the founder and first chair of Sistema Scotland, a fantastic charity supporting the creation of orchestras in deprived communities in Scotland. The result of Richard’s ongoing career has been to educate and inspire people internationally in matters of spirituality, morality and decency. Richard is the worthy winner of The John Byrne Award for Outstanding Contribution for an individual.
Sistema Scotland’s symphony orchestra programme offers young people from disadvantaged communities the opportunity for a fundamentally positive experience outside of the normal scope of opportunities available to young people in deprived areas, to work in an inclusive nurturing community to make music, and to perform to great acclaim. We consider this to be exceptional in the charitable landscape; it promotes consideration of values and presents a brighter future; it is inspired and inspiring. Sistema Scotland is a fantastic initiative and the worthy winner of The John Byrne Award for Outstanding Contribution for an organisation.