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.
About Young Creatives
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 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. At the start of June, you will rehearse and prepare with RSNO tutors on a fun, inspiring residential course (2-4 June) where we will have social activities as well as develop your musicianship/interpersonal skills.
The Young Creatives Programmers focus on ‘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 and digital content, devise learning projects and materials, and design and carry out the staging of the performance. You will also be invited to participate at the residential weekend course (2-4 June) where you will enhance and finalise your core ideas about the final Showcase Concert.
The concert will be performed by the Young Creatives Musicians and RSNO musicians, whom you will work closely with throughout the year.
By the end of the programme, you will have had the chance to gain a National 5 SQA qualification in Creative Industries.
RSNO Young Creatives runs over the course of the academic year, beginning in October and finishing in June.
• Five in-person activity days at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow.
• Weekend Residential Course – Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June, including the Showcase Performance on Sunday 4 June.
• Monthly (for Musicians) or fortnightly (for Programmers) online workshops and meetings – some all together and some with Programmers only.
• Two concert visits to watch the RSNO perform.
In-Person Sessions at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow:
Sunday 2 October – 11:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday 13 November – 11:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday 5 February – 11:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday 5 March – 11:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday 7 May – 11:30am – 4:30pm
Friday 2 June – Weekend Residential
Saturday 3 June – Weekend Residential
Sunday 4 June – Weekend Residential and Showcase Concert
Online activity will take place on a Tuesday evening at 5:15pm – 6:30pm.
Young Creatives is for young people living in Scotland aged 14-21. 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.
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 five 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.
Please return completed applications to email@example.com by 10pm on Monday 22 August.