Open the Eastern Windows – which takes its title from the Henry Longfellow poem Children – premiered by the RSNO in November with new Music Director Thomas Søndergård as part of its 2018:19 Season.
Five UK composers were 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 – and were subsequently asked to compose a short work for Orchestra. One work, by Michael Cryne, has been chosen to receive its first public performances, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this coming autumn.
The RSNO Composers’ Hub panel that selected the work for performance by the RSNO comprised Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler, Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson, Composers’ Hub mentor Stuart MacRae, Composers’ Hub workshop mentor Sir James MacMillan, RSNO Planning Manager Catherine Ferrell, RSNO Principal Trombone Dávur Juul Magnussen and RSNO Viola Katherine Wren.
RSNO Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler: “This year’s RSNO Composers’ Hub has seen the strongest field yet and we are delighted to have selected Michael Cryne’s work to appear in November 2018 as part of our Year of Young People Concert in our 18:19 Season, one of the first programmes to be conducted by Thomas Søndergård as RSNO Music Director.