Who? Musicians and creatives aged 16-21 from across Scotland

What? An exciting leadership and work experience opportunity for young musicians and creatives, working with Scotland’s National Orchestra. Working as a group you will organise and perform an orchestral concert from scratch

Where? At the RSNO Centre, Glasgow, and online

When? September 2021 – June 2022

Why? To develop professional skills, produce and perform your own concert and make friends!

How? Through a series of workshops, rehearsals and collaborative opportunities, working both in-person and online.

Welcome to RSNO Young Creatives, the RSNO’s innovative work experience and leadership programme for young musicians and creatives. Join us for an academic year as an RSNO Young Creative to experience what life in a professional orchestra is like – both on stage and behind the scenes.

RSNO Young Creatives Musicians

You will spend the year working with your fellow musicians as an ensemble, first in a series of workshops designed to develop your musicianship and orchestral technique, before beginning work on the repertoire which will be performed at the end of the year in a side-by-side concert with the RSNO. Throughout the year, you’ll receive specialised coaching and mentoring from the RSNO musicians and the Young Creatives Conductor, take part in concert visits to watch the RSNO, and work with the Young Creatives Programmers to shape the concert itself. There will be regular online activity to keep in touch with everyone in between the in-person sessions.

RSNO Young Creatives Programmers

The Young Creatives Programmers focus on the ‘behind the scenes’, and will gain work experience opportunities throughout the RSNO departments. As a team, you will plan and produce the concert, create marketing materials, social media content, and digital content, create learning projects and materials, and design and carry out the staging of the performance.

The concert will be performed by the Young Creatives Musicians and the RSNO orchestra, whom you will work closely with throughout the year.

By the end of the programme, you will have had the chance to gain a Silver Arts Award, a Level 3 qualification.


RSNO Young Creatives runs over the course of the academic year, beginning in September and finishing in June.


- 5 in-person activity days at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, including the Showcase Performance in June

- Monthly online workshops and meetings – some with the full group (Musicians and Programmers) and some with Programmers only

- 2 concert visits to watch the RSNO perform

Dates and Times

Sunday 19 September 2021 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 28 November 2021 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 6 February 2022 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 8th May 2022 12.00pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 12 June 2022 Timings TBC

Online activity will take place on a Tuesday evening after school.

Who is this for?

Young Creatives is for young people living in Scotland aged 16-21. The suggested playing standard for Young Creatives Musicians is grade 4+ but you are still welcome to apply even if you haven’t sat any music exams.

Young Creatives Programmers do not need to play an instrument, or have any previous experience in classical music, but you must demonstrate your passion for the arts and the creatives industries in your application!

What if I live far away?

This programme is designed to be available to any young person in Scotland. Online activity can be undertaken from anywhere, and concert visits will be offered across the country. For the 5 in-person days in Glasgow we can offer travel and accommodation bursaries where necessary to make sure that no one faces any barriers to attending Young Creatives activity. No matter where you live in Scotland, we will support you to take part in RSNO Young Creatives.

How to Apply

Applications are now open for RSNO Young Creatives 21:22 and the deadline is 23 August. Please see below to download the application forms, and read the application notes carefully.

Please return complete applications to engage@rsno.org.uk by 10pm on 23 August 2021.

Thank You

RSNO Young Creatives 2021:22 is funded by the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts Fund through Creative Scotland with support from Youth Music Initiative and Time to Shine. The Youth Arts Fund ensures creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

With kind support from Glasgow City Council, The Northwood Charitable Trust, Pump House Trust, The Robertson Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, Swinton Paterson Trust, Thistle Trust, The Trades House of Glasgow, and The Zich Trust.

© Royal Scottish National Orchestra 2021