Scotland’s national orchestra welcomes five emerging composers to third nurturing initiative
Five emerging UK composers have been 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.
Anna Appleby, Daniel Figols-Cuevas, Neil Smith, Michael Cryne and Nick Morrish Rarity have been selected as the third group of participants of the scheme. They will be given the opportunity 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.
The five composers will spend the 2017:18 Season with the RSNO and during their term each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra. The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the RSNO Centre’s New Auditorium in Glasgow in April 2018, conducted by RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson and led by internationally-renowned composer Gary Carpenter, Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music London, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2018:19 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 Director of Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler: “Composers’ Hub is three years in and going from strength-to-strength. The success of the scheme is evident from the enthusiasm expressed by previous members of the Hub and the number of applications we receive. Furthermore, it is a rare opportunity to have an emerging composer’s work performed by a professional symphonic ensemble.
We welcome Gary Carpenter, who joins as mentor, to share his vast knowledge and experience with this year’s group and to help select a work from our participants to be performed by the RSNO.”
Composer and Composers’ Hub mentor for 2017:18, Gary Carpenter: “I am excited and honoured to have been invited to mentor these gifted young professionals on the RSNO Composers’ Hub, one of the most important and vital opportunities available to young composers in the UK today.”
Lillie Harris, who was one of the first participants of Composers’ Hub and who received the opportunity to have her work performed at the RSNO’s 2015:16 Season finale: "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 as a result.”
To apply for RSNO Composers’ Hub, applicants were invited to submit a CV, a one-page letter explaining why the scheme would be suitable, and two examples of their own compositions (preferably at least one for full orchestra), with scores and sound samples.
This month the RSNO began its 2017:18 Season, opening with the Scottish premiere of UK composer Gavin Higgins’ Velocity. Last year’s Composers’ Hub participant Daniel Kidane earned the chance to have one of his compositions, Zulu, premiered by the RSNO in November, as part of the programme marking Remembrance Week, in association with Poppy Scotland. The current Season will also feature performances of other contemporary works, including the Scottish premiere of John Harbison’s Double Concerto, Wolfgang Rihm’s Duo Concerto, Sally Beamish’s Whitescape, Oliver Searle’s Sauchiehall, Judith Weir’s Still, Glowing, and the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Tuba Concerto, performed by RSNO Principal Tuba John Whitener.