Notes from Scotland Call for Scores

January 16, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

Scotland’s national orchestra is running the nation’s first composition competition specifically for 12-18 year olds. In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, Notes From Scotland invites young composers to write a two-minute work for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet.

The theme for the first year’s Notes From Scotland is inspired by five National Trust locations around the country. From the entries five finalists will be selected by an expert panel with their compositions being performed and recorded by members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday 17 June 2015. The winner will be announced following the performance and will receive an iPad loaded with music software packages, VIP access to RSNO concerts and a year’s National Trust for Scotland pass.

On Sunday 25 January composer Stuart MacRae will host a workshop for young composers at Pollok House, Glasgow. The participants will be given a tour of the National Trust for Scotland property before Stuart gives an introductory guide to composing to a theme. A further workshop will be held at Georgian House, Edinburgh on Saturday 7 March, with composer Matilda Brown. The workshops are free but places need to be reserved, by contacting the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement team on 0141 225 3557 or email

This is a rare opportunity for entrants to obtain feedback on their music from some of Scotland\\\\\\\’s eminent composers.

Entrants do not have to attend the workshops to enter the competition. The Notes From Scotland website includes video resources featuring introductions to each of the Trust properties across Scotland and insight and advice from some of the country’s greatest living composers.

BAFTA, GRAMMY and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Craig Armstrong OBE, famed for his soundtracks to blockbusters such as Moulin Rouge!, Love Actually and The Great Gatsby, welcomed the initiative:

This is a fantastic idea to engage young people in composition and to bring them together with existing composers and musicians to pass on their knowledge and skills. I’m sure it will be an invaluable experience for all concerned.

Full details on the competition and how to enter can be found at Closing date for entries is Sunday 31 May 2015.