Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

RSNO Composers’ Hub announces 2016/17 intake

12:28, 18th October 2016

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced the second intake for its Composers’ Hub scheme.

Ailie Robertson, Robert Allan, Benjamin Graves, Philip Ashworth and Daniel Kidane will be given the opportunity to write for the orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop their skills and creative relationships, and acquire an understanding of the business of a professional performing arts organisation.

The five composers will spend the 2016/17 season with the RSNO, each writing 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 2017, conducted by RSNO assistant conductor Holly Mathieson and led by Julian Anderson, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2017/18 Season.

In January 2017, the participants will also attend a composition workshop offered in partnership with Celtic Connections. Each will write a three-minute work using a traditional folk tune, provided by Celtic Connections, as inspiration.

Lillie Harris, who was one of the first participants of Composers’ Hub, and whose work remiscipate was performed at the RSNO’s 2015/16 season finale, said it was ‘a real honour’ to be selected for the scheme.

‘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 this year as a result.

‘As a young composer, to be offered the chance to write such a substantial piece for a large orchestra, and not only hear it played, but to participate in a workshop with some of the best orchestral players around, giving us practical and useful feedback in real time, was utterly invaluable. I am so grateful for the time and attention all five of us were given.’


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