Applications open for RSNO Young Composers scheme

Entries have opened for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s mentor scheme for young composers aged 14-18, Notes From Scotland, beginning in September.

Successful applicants will be chosen as the five young composers to develop their talents under a six-month mentorship with contemporary composers Oliver Searle and Jay Capperauld.

As well as one-to-one tuition with their mentors both in person and online, the successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend RSNO concerts, workshops, and masterclasses.

Due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, this year young people are asked to apply by email only and not by post. Applicants are required to submit a form, available to download from the RSNO website, along with an audio recording of their entry piece and a full score including individual parts. The closing date for applications is 31 May, and further details about Notes from Scotland can be found on the RSNO website.

Now approaching the fifth year, the Notes from Scotland programme will culminate with a performance of five new works of chamber music from the young composers, to be performed by RSNO musicians in February 2021.

RNSO Director of Concerts and Engagement, Bill Chandler, said: “We are thrilled to announced Notes from Scotland is back for its fifth year, and so pleased we can adapt the timeline and application process to work during these unusual lockdown circumstances.

“We are all living in extraordinary times, and its particularly difficult for young people when they will have been working so hard in school on coursework and towards exams but now face a bit of uncertainty. We hope the Notes from Scotland opportunity will inspire young composers to brush up their compositions, or maybe even write an entirely new work in lockdown to submit for this year’s scheme.

“We are lucky to have Oliver Searle and Jay Capperauld joining us a composer mentors. They both come with a wealth of knowledge and fresh ideas to inspire the next generation, and we are so grateful to have them onboard. This year our focus is really on the engagement between our mentor composers and the five successful applicants, which is why we’ve removed the competitive element and will give equal showcase to them all next February when their new works are performed by RSNO musicians.

“I am looking forward to seeing applications come in, and listening to submissions, and would urge all interested young composers to check out the RSNO Notes from Scotland webpage. We look forward to seeing our five successful applicants in September for a rare and exciting composition mentoring experience.”

For more information and details on Notes from Scotland please visit: https://www.rsno.org.uk/engage/notes-from-scotland/