Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the RSNO Composers’ Hub is a fantastic opportunity to compose music for orchestra in a range of different contexts, developing skills and creative relationships, as well as acquiring an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

Now into its fifth year, up to five emerging composers will be chosen to join the hub and spend the 2019.20 season with the orchestra.  While working with the RSNO, each composer will write a 7-10 minute piece for full symphony orchestra and a 2-3 minute piece for small orchestra.  The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, April 2020, from which one work will be chosen to be performed in the RSNO’s 2020.21 Season.

 

Composer Opportunities

This scheme is not simply about creating new works, but having the opportunity to develop meaningful collaborations with the RSNO and other Hub members. Those selected will build relationships with the Orchestra, staff and RSNO audiences, whilst receiving guidance in artistic development and career advancement. There will be the opportunity to:

  • Have space to collaborate in the development of new works
  • Observe rehearsals and concerts
  • Spend time with RSNO’s Music Director, assistant conductor, and orchestral musicians
  • Be mentored by composer Stuart MacRae, as well as key orchestral musicians
  • Participate in a workshop day with an internationally-renowned composer
  • Work with smaller groups of RSNO musicians
  • Shadow key members of RSNO staff in different departments, including finance and marketing
  • Work with the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement department

Criteria:

  • There is no restriction on age
  • Interviews will be in Glasgow on Friday 13 September 2019 (provisional date)
  • Composers must be resident within the UK, and be available to travel to Glasgow for specified periods throughout the season, including:
    • Participant induction on the evening of the RSNO’s season concert on Saturday 12 October 2019
    • Workshop A: week commencing Monday 27 January 2020 (date tbc)
    • Workshop B: Tuesday 14 April 2020
  • Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed for each composer on the scheme

Application process

Composers must submit a CV, one-page letter explaining how they will benefit from the scheme, and two examples of their own compositions. Composition examples should be sent with PDF scores (preferably at least one for full orchestra) and sound samples. MIDI files or similar are acceptable where recordings are unavailable. Applications should be emailed to Emma Hunter at emma.hunter@rsno.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 August at 5pm. Only applications submitted by email will be accepted.

For more information visit the RSNO website here.