Young composer in Season Finale

Lillie Harris

Lillie Harris’ new composition wins vote of RSNO Composers’ Hub panel

A twenty-two year old composer has won the opportunity to have her music performed as part of the final concerts of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Season.

Lillie Harris, one of five members of RSNO Composers’ Hub, will have her ten-minute work performed alongside two of the greatest examples of orchestral repertoire; Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Beethoven’s Symphony No9 Choral, at the final concerts of the RSNO’s 2015:16 Season as it celebrates its 125th anniversary, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 27 May and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 28 May.

Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, RSNO Composers’ Hub is an opportunity for a group of composers to write for 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.

During the final Composers’ Hub workshop of its inaugural year - which was held at the new RSNO Centre last Saturday -  the five participants’ works were performed by the Orchestra in front of a panel of judges, comprising internationally renowned composers Brett Dean and Stuart MacRae, RSNO Principal Bassoon David Hubbard, Executive Producer Manus Carey and RSNO Associate Conductor Jean-Claude Picard. Lillie’s work, remiscipate, derives its name from the amalgamation of ‘reminisce’ and ‘dissipate’ and takes its inspiration from the recent demolition of Glasgow’s Red Road Flats.

Composer Lillie Harris: “"It has been a real honour to have been part of Composers’ Hub - the people and performers of the RSNO have all been incredibly welcoming and generous. The amount of practical workshop time the RSNO gave all five of us feels unprecedented, and I know I have grown so much as a composer this year as a result.

“As a young composer, to be offered the chance to write such a substantial piece for a large orchestra, and not only hear it played, but to participate in a  workshop with some of the best orchestral players around, giving us practical and useful feedback in real time, was utterly invaluable. I am so grateful for the time and attention all five of us were given by the players, Jean-Claude Picard, Brett Dean, Stuart MacRae, and all the team at RSNO throughout our time with them. It’s fantastic to learn that Composers’ Hub will run again next year, as such a positive and beneficial scheme for composers deserves to continue, training fresh talent."

RSNO Executive Producer Manus Carey: “Our five composers, selected from nearly 80 applicants, have been spending time rehearsing and discussing their work with the Orchestra, under the direction of internationally-renowned composers, Brett Dean and Stuart MacRae.  Although the scheme is not a competition and is very much focussed on process and development, we wanted to provide an opportunity for a public performance of one of the works, and we have selected remiscipate to be performed as part of our final season performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The standard of all five works was very high, but we felt that Lillie Harris’ individual voice came across in the workshop, as well as the imaginative handling of her chosen subject matter.”

To book tickets for Glasgow Royal Concert Hall performances contact the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Box Office on  0141 353 8000. For Usher Hall, Edinburgh concerts call 0131 228 1155. For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.

The RSNO Composers' Hub is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.