Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Lillie Harris wins chance to have RSNO perform her music

2:47, 26th April 2016

22-year-old Lillie Harris will have her ten-minute work remiscipate performed as part of the final concerts of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2015/16 season.

remiscipate derives its name from the amalgamation of ‘reminisce’ and ‘dissipate’ and takes its inspiration from the recent demolition of Glasgow’s Red Road Flats.

Harris is a fourth-year undergraduate composition student at the Royal College of Music. She has been commissioned by the Gaudier Ensemble and ShivaNova, and has assisted orchestrators and copyists with orchestrating and making/organising parts and scores for vocal and orchestral recording sessions at Abbey Road, Air, Angel, and British Groves studios.

She is one of five young composers to participate in the inaugural year of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, which provides the opportunity for a group of composers to write for 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.

During the final Composers’ Hub workshop of this year, the five participants’ works were performed by the RSNO in front of a panel of judges comprising composers Brett Dean and Stuart MacRae, RSNO principal bassoon David Hubbard, executive producer Manus Carey and RSNO associate conductor Jean-Claude Picard.

‘Although the scheme is not a competition and is very much focussed on process and development, we wanted to provide an opportunity for a public performance of one of the works, and we have selected remiscipate to be performed as part of our final season performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh,’ said Carey. ‘The standard of all five works was very high, but we felt that Lillie Harris’ individual voice came across in the workshop, as well as the imaginative handling of her chosen subject matter.’

The final concerts of the RSNO’s 2015/16 season will take place at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 27 May and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 28 May.


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