Composers Jay Capperauld, Desmond Clark, Cameron Graham, Lillie Harris and Peter Longworth were the participants in the inaugural RSNO Composers' Hub.
During the Composers’ Hub workshop, 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 Associate Conductor Jean-Claude Picard, RSNO Principal Bassoon David Hubbard and RSNO Executive Producer Manus Carey.
Lillie Harris’ ten-minute work, remiscipate, was selected by the panel to be 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 at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 27 and 28 May 2016. The work's title is derived from the amalgamation of ‘reminisce’ and ‘dissipate’ and takes its inspiration from the 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.”