During the course of the scheme the young composers will receive mentoring from a composer associated with the RSNO, who will be there to guide them through the process of writing a piece of chamber music. This will take the form of one to one tuition in person, or online.
They will also have the opportunity to attend RSNO concerts, and occasional workshops and masterclasses throughout the scheme.
Participation in the Notes from Scotland Scheme is free.
Applications will be accepted from any region in Scotland, and while you will be invited to travel to Glasgow for the final performance, some of the activity through out the course of the scheme can be undertaken online. Attendance at events at the RSNO Centre is not compulsory to the scheme although we would encourage you to attend where possible.
At the end of the scheme (February 2021), five new pieces will be performed by RSNO musicians in front of an audience at a showcase event. All the pieces will be professionally recorded for you to keep.
Oliver Searle – Interim Head of Composition at RCS
Oliver is a Glasgow-based composer and educator, and is currently Interim Head of Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has written a wide variety of works for many professional, amateur, youth and theatre organisations, which have been broadcast and performed around the world, and is interested in developing new environments for new music, collaborating with other artists and organisations to find ways to communicate to new audiences. Recent endeavours include: Microscopic Dances, a large-scale, inclusive work for digital orchestra created in collaboration with Drake Music Scotland and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (winner of a British Composer Award 2018); Sauchiehall, an orchestral piece for an App with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; residencies in South Korea, most recently working on an interdisciplinary project - Pilgrim of Curiosity - with Eunju Shin Dance Company and a light artist, in the city of Busan.
More info about Oliver and his work can be found here.
Jay Capperauld – Composer
Jay graduated Masters in Composition with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014 under the tutelage of Dr Gordon McPherson. Jay has written for various Artists & Ensembles including; BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Psappha Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, The Wallace Collection, Red Note Ensemble, Workers Union Ensemble, the Glasgow New Music Expedition, the Glasgow School of Art Choir and has written solo works for Katherine Bryan of the RSNO, Alison Teale of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, Laura van der Heijden, and recently wrote a Piano Concerto ‘Endlings’ for the pianist James Willshire, which premiered with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Symphony Orchestra during their Spring Tour in 2018.
More info about Jay and his work can be found here.