Notes From Scotland 2016

The RSNO's national young composers competition returns!

Win an iPad with the latest music packages and VIP Access All Areas visit to the RSNO. In conjunction with the Festival of Architecture 2016, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting young, budding composers aged 12–18 to write a two - five minute piece of music for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet of their choice, inspired by one some of the country's most impressive contemporary architecture. As well as being visually striking, these buildings all play an important role on the life of the people of Scotland.

Open workshops will be held in these five inspiring buildings – led by composers Stuart MacRae– to help entrants find out more about composing and the key features of their chosen site.

The five Festival of Architecture sites are:

  • Maggies Highlands, Inverness
  • The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts
  • Shettleston Housing Association, Glasgow
  • Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

The overall winner will be announced on Saturday 18 June 2015 at the new RSNO Centre during a concert performance, where all five semi-finalists will have their pieces performed and recorded.

To find out more, please visit the competition website:

“This is a fantastic idea to engage young people in composition and to bring them together with existing composers and musicians to pass on their knowledge and skills. I’m sure it will be an invaluable experience for all concerned.”
– Craig Armstrong, Composer
(The Great Gatbsy, Romeo + Juliet, Love Actually, Moulin Rouge!, and many more.)

Watch the videos below to hear more about the National Trust for Scotland properties taking part:

Watch exclusive hints and tips from Scotland's greatest living composers!