PYO’s Emma Ritchie Wins First National Composing Competition

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emma-ritchieScotland’s national orchestra’s first composition competition, Notes From Scotland, specifically for 12-18 year olds, culminated in world premiere performances of the five finalists’ works, on Wednesday 17 June at Perth Concert Hall. In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, the first year’s Notes From Scotland invited young composers to write a short work for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet.

This year’s Notes From Scotland was inspired by five National Trust locations around the country. The five finalists were selected by an expert panel and their compositions were performed and recorded by members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday 17 June 2015.

The overall winner was Emma Ritchie, a cellist in Perth Youth Orchestra, and pupil at Perth High School. She received an iPad loaded with music software packages, VIP access to RSNO concerts and a year’s National Trust for Scotland pass.

The five finalists and their submitted works are; Katy Ling: Peter Pan (inspired by JM Barrie’s Birthplace); Emma Ritchie: No. 7 Charlotte Square (inspired by The Georgian House); Ryan Corbett: The Battlefields (inspired by Culloden Battlefield); Pui Kei Wong: Elegant Waltz (inspired by Pollok House) and Daniel Scott: Banquet for Harpsichord and Strings (inspired by Pollok House).

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