Media release: UK composer’s work selected for season premiere

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RSNO’s third composer nurturing initiative yields new piece to be premiered in November

AN emerging British composer has won the chance to have one of their latest works premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

Michael Cryne, who has recently completed doctoral study in composition at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is a graduate of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Composers’ Scheme and the London Philharmonic Leverhulme Young Composers’ Programme, will have his work Open the Eastern Windows – which takes its title from the Henry Longfellow poem Children – premiered by the RSNO in November with new music director, Thomas Søndergård, as part of its 2018:19 Season.

Five UK composers were selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub – the third annual initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers – and were subsequently asked to compose a short work for orchestra. One work, by Michael Cryne, has been chosen to receive its first public performances, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this coming autumn.

The RSNO Composers’ Hub panel that selected the work for performance by the RSNO comprised director of Artistic Planning and Engagement, Bill Chandler, assistant conductor Holly Mathieson, Composers’ Hub mentor Stuart MacRae, Composers’ Hub workshop mentor Sir James MacMillan, RSNO Planning manager Catherine Ferrell, RSNO principal Trombone Dávur Juul Magnussen and RSNO Viola Katherine Wren.

RSNO director of Artistic Planning and Engagement, Bill Chandler, said: “This year’s RSNO Composers’ Hub has seen the strongest field yet and we are delighted to have selected Michael Cryne’s work to appear in November 2018 as part of our Year of Young People Concert in our 18:19 Season, one of the first programmes to be conducted by Thomas Søndergård as RSNO music director.

“Michael’s piece is an imaginative work of immense colour and intricacy and its world premiere in our forthcoming Season will add another layer of excitement to a concert already bursting with new ideas. The Composers’ Hub continues to be a thriving cradle of creativity and we are proud to support this next generation of young composers.”

Added RSNO Composers’ Hub participant, Michael Cryne: “The RSNO Composers’ Hub is an amazing opportunity for early-career composers, and I’m delighted that Open the Eastern Windows has been chosen for the 2018:19 season. It’s been a tremendous learning experience working with Stuart MacRae, Holly Mathieson and James MacMillan, not to mention the orchestra themselves, who were really receptive to five challenging and unique new pieces.”

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