Media Release: New initiative to support emerging orchestral composers

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THE Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) today (18 August) launches a new initiative to develop the talents of emerging composers, RSNO Composers’ Hub.

Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, this bespoke scheme is an opportunity for a group of composers to write for the orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, as well as acquire an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

With the support from PRS for Music Foundation, up to five emerging composers will be chosen to join RSNO Composers’ Hub and spend the 2015:16 season with the orchestra.

As well as working with RSNO’s contemporary group, Alchemy, each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra.

The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the new RSNO Centre auditorium in Glasgow, April 2016, led by internationally-renowned composer and viola player, Brett Dean, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2016:17 season.

RSNO Composers’ Hub is also an opportunity to develop a meaningful collaboration with the RSNO and the other hub members over a sustained period and to get to know the orchestra, staff and its audience, receiving guidance from different artistic and business areas.

RSNO executive producer, Manus Carey, said: “We are very excited to be launching the pilot year of our new Composers’ Hub, with support from PRS for Music Foundation.

“With the imminent move into our new purpose-built home, we will have the opportunity to extend the support we give to Scottish and UK-wide composers, and to provide the creative space for them to explore and develop.

“The breadth of the scheme will also mean it is an opportunity for our audiences to extend their knowledge of contemporary music and the compositional process.”

Award-winning composer, Brett Dean, added: “Opportunities presented to emerging composers, such as those provided by the new RSNO’s Composers’ Hub, make an enormously positive difference to the development of a composer’s voice. I’m very happy to be able to contribute to this valuable new initiative by the RSNO.”

Composers must submit a CV, one-page letter explaining why the scheme would be suitable, and two examples of own compositions (preferably at least one for full orchestra), with scores and sound samples to the RSNO’s artistic planning manager, Catherine Ferrell, at

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 September 2015.

In October 2015, the RSNO begins celebration of its 125th anniversary, coinciding with the organisation’s relocation to a new, purpose-built rehearsal and performance space in the centre of Glasgow.

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