RSNO Composers’ Hub
Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the RSNO Composers’ Hub is a fantastic opportunity to compose music for orchestra in a range of different contexts, developing skills and creative relationships, as well as acquiring an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.
Now in its third year, up to five emerging composers will be chosen to join the hub and spend the 2017:18 Season with the RSNO. Whilst working with the RSNO, each composer will write a 7-10 minute piece for full symphony orchestra. The scheme will culminate in a public workshop at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, April 2018, from which one work will be chosen to be performed in the RSNO’s 2018:19 Season.
This scheme is not simply about creating new works, but having the opportunity to develop meaningful collaborations with the RSNO and other Composers' Hub participants. Those selected will build relationships with the musicians, staff and RSNO audiences, whilst receiving guidance in artistic development and career advancement. There will be the opportunity to:
- Collaborate in the development of new works
- Work on projects with RSNO’s partner organisations
- Observe rehearsals and concerts
- Spend time with RSNO’s Music Director, Assistant Conductor, and RSNO musicians
- Be mentored by composer Stuart McRae, as well as key RSNO musicians
- Participate in a workshop day with an internationally-renowned composer
- Work with smaller groups of RSNO musicians
- Shadow key members of RSNO staff in different departments, including finance and external relations
- Work with the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement department
- Have regular sessions with visiting performers, composers and RSNO musicians; workshops on various aspects of the music business
- Have access to RSNO’s recording and digital equipment
- Composers must be resident within the UK, and be available to travel to Glasgow for specified periods throughout the Season
- Interviews will be in Glasgow at the end of August
- There is no restriction on age
- Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed for each composer on the scheme
Award-winning composer and RSNO Composers’ Hub mentor Stuart MacRae: “As an emerging composer, it can be a very big challenge to get your music played by a professional orchestra; but in order to develop approaches to orchestral music, composers need time to collaborate with an orchestra, and the support to try out ideas. As well as writing a new short piece for the orchestral workshop there are opportunities to engage with the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement team, and to learn more about the running of the organisation. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic emerging composers of any age, based in the UK, to take part in this exciting scheme.”
Royal Scottish National Orchestra is supported by PRS for Music Foundation
How to apply:
Composers must submit a CV, one-page letter explaining how they will benefit from the scheme, and two examples of own compositions (preferably at least one for full orchestra), with scores and sound samples to the RSNO's Executive Assistant, Joanna Chiang, at firstname.lastname@example.org . The closing date for applications is Friday 11 August at 5pm. Only applications submitted by email will be accepted.