RSNO Composers’ Hub 2019:20 Announced

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has welcomed five emerging composers for its fifth year of the RSNO Composers’ Hub.

The talented group chosen from around 100 applicants will benefit from working closely with Scotland’s national orchestra as they develop compositions, with helpful guidance from award-winning composer and RSNO Composers’ Hub mentor Stuart MacRae.

Making up the group of chosen composers are: David Bentley, Adam Hakooz, Carlijn Metselaar, Shruthi Rajasekar, and Daniel Soley. Each participant is given the opportunity to write orchestral compositions of different lengths and workshop with the RSNO to develop their ideas, skills, and forge new creative relationships.

Commenting on this year’s Hub, Stuart MacRae said: “There were more applicants than ever before for the fifth year of the Composers’ Hub, and the standard was extremely high. We have five brilliant composers this year, and I am excited to work with them and hear what they produce over the coming months. This talented group has a fantastic opportunity to hear the RSNO playing their music, and to collaborate with this great and supportive orchestra as part of the composing process.”

The full programme of events includes the composers working with the Orchestra this Season to write a ten-minute work scored for full symphony orchestra, with a public workshop at the RSNO Centre’s New Auditorium on 14 April 2020, and culminates with one individual being chosen to have their work included in the Orchestra’s 2020:21 Season. The Hub also supports the composers to build on their understanding and experience of working within a major arts organisation.

RSNO Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler said: “It’s incredible that we’re in year five of the RSNO Composers’ Hub and its continued popularity really shows the depth of talent and creativity out there, especially as we still receive hundreds of applications for spaces.

“We have a brilliant group of five composers this year, each one of whom has already impressed us, but now we really look forward to the workshops beginning and hearing some original compositions take shape.

“We are so grateful to have Stuart MacRae back with us to help guide and support the composers. Stuart has a wealth of experience and understanding of the composing process, and his mentorship has been shown to bring out the very best in our Composers’ Hub participants.”

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