Notes From Scotland 2017

The Notes from Scotland Final 2017 takes place in the New Auditorium at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 17 June at 2pm.  Please click for more information and to book tickets.

2017 Finalists

Archie Collingridge Watt

Composition Title: Culzean Castle

Archie Collingridge Wat, age 13, lives in Lochwinnoch and attends Douglas Academy Music School.

Archie enjoys playing lots of instruments from piano to rock guitar when he is not doing backflips and somersaults.   He sings in the RSNO Junior Chorus' Changed Voices group and the National Boys' Choir.  This year he has just been successful in gaining a place at the Douglas Academy Music School and the RCS Junior Conservatoire.

This is Archie's first composition and is inspired by family trips to Culzean Castle.

Naomi Beggs

Composition Title: Morning in the Rain
Inspired by The Hill House

Naomi is 17 years old and an S6 leaver of Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh. Naomi's keen interest in music started late into her high school years when she first began playing flute in S4; since then she says that music has become an incredibly important part of her life.

Jack McKenzie

Composition Title: A Highland Portrait
Inspired by Glen Coe

Jack McKenzie, age 18, left West Calder High School last year and now attends Edinburgh College, studying an HND in Classical Music in the hope of pursuing a career in Composition for Film. Jack loves playing the trumpet, however, he says that composition has been a dream of his ever since he first discovered Musescore!

Since 2007, Jack has been arranging songs and famous scores for his school brass group in which he played the trumpet. Over the last few years, Jack tells us he has I gained enough confidence to write pieces of his own. Last year, Jack came second in the Really Terrible Orchestra's (RTO) 'Emerging Composer' competition. As a result, his composition was played by not only the RTO but also by the West Lothian Wind Ensemble, of which he is a member. Of his compositions, Jack says: "The huge feeling of pride and accomplishment is unmatched when hearing that people not only enjoy listening to your music but enjoy playing it just as much."

Alexander Papp

Composition Title: Progeny
Inspired by Glen Coe

Alexander, age 16, is in Year 11 at Bedford School, where he is a Music Scholar.  Alexander studies violin at Junior Guildhall (JGSM) with Gonzalo Acosta and composition with Paul Whitmarsh and Emma-Ruth Richards.

Currently, he is an Associate Composer with the Britten Sinfonia Academy, who performed his piece The Book of Hours at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in January and workshopped his piece Divergent' on stage at the Barbican with Sir James MacMillan.

In September 2017, Alexander will take up a scholarship at the Purcell School, following which he intends to pursue a career as a composer.

The RSNO's national young composers competition returns!

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In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting young, budding composers aged 12–18 to write a two- to five-minute piece of music for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet of their choice, inspired by one some of the country's most incredible landmarks.

The five National Trust for Scotland sites are:

  •  Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  • Glencoe, The Highlands
  • Hill House, Argyll & Bute
  • Newhailes, Edinburgh
  • House of Dun, Angus

The overall winner will be announced on Saturday 17 June 2017 at the RSNO New Home Auditorium in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during a live final, where the finalists will have their pieces performed and recorded by musicians from the RSNO.

The closing date for entries has now passed, and finalists have been notified.

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