First RSNO Composers’ Hub participants selected

composersClockwise from top left: Peter Longworth; Lillie Harris; Desmond Clarke; Cameron Graham; Jay Capperauld

Scotland’s national orchestra welcomes first five emerging composers to nurturing initiative
Five emerging UK composers have been selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s first RSNO Composers’ Hub, a new initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers.

Three alumni from the Royal College of Music; Peter Longworth, Cameron Graham and Lillie Harris, join former Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student Jay Capperauld and University of York PhD scholar Desmond Clarke as the first participants of the new scheme, who will be presented with the opportunity to write for the orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, as well as acquire an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

With the support from PRS for Music Foundation, the five composers will spend the 2015:16 season with the RSNO.  As well as working with Orchestra’s contemporary group, Alchemy, each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra.  The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the new RSNO Centre auditorium in Glasgow, April 2016, led by internationally-renowned composer and viola player, Brett Dean, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2016:17 Season.

RSNO Composers’ Hub is also an opportunity to develop a meaningful collaboration with the RSNO and the other hub members over a sustained period and to get to know the Orchestra, staff and its audience, receiving guidance from different artistic and business areas.

RSNO Executive Producer Manus Carey: “I would like to welcome our first participants of  the pilot year of the RSNO’s Composers’ Hub. With support from PRS for Music Foundation we will have the opportunity to extend the support we give UK-wide composers, and to provide the creative space for them to explore and develop.  The breadth of the scheme will also mean it is an opportunity for our audiences to extend their knowledge of contemporary music and the compositional process.”

One of the RSNO Composers’ Hub mentors, award-winning composer Stuart MacRae: “There are very few opportunities for emerging composers to get the help they need in developing their approach to working with an orchestra; so the Composers’ Hub is a welcome move by the RSNO and I very much look forward to working with the first composers to join the Hub. I‘d encourage RSNO audiences to take full advantage of this new strand and lend their support to these very talented musicians.”

To apply for RSNO Composers’ Hub, applicants were invited to submit a CV, one-page letter explaining why the scheme would be suitable, and two examples of own compositions (preferably at least one for full orchestra), with scores and sound samples.

In October 2015 the RSNO begins celebration of its 125th anniversary, coinciding with the organisation’s relocation to a new, purpose-built rehearsal and performance space in the centre of Glasgow. For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.