Alumnus Benefits from RSNO’s Composers’ Hub

RNCM alumnus Daniel Kidane has won the chance to have one of his latest works, Zulu, premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

The 2012 graduate was one of five UK composers to be selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub – the second annual initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers – and was subsequently asked to compose a short work for orchestra about the subject of conflict.

Named after the Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa, Zulu brings to life the formidable fighting spirit of the Zulu people. Clannish regiments, known as Impi, marked their bravery and militaristic prowess in battles with invaders such as the Boer Commando and the British Empire. The vigorous nature of the piece, characterised by ever-present percussion and an unwavering drive, reflects the essence of the Zulu people and will be performed at Usher Hall, Edinburgh and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hallin November.

Daniel said: ‘I’m very much looking forward to further collaborating with the RSNO and hearing my piece Zulu come to life in their 2017/18 Season. It was an absolute pleasure to work with conductor Holly Mathieson and the energetic RSNO, who did a grand job of work-shopping five excitingly unique new pieces. Such opportunities are vital for younger composers and I’m glad that the RSNO are in their second year of this wonderful scheme.’

RSNO Executive Producer, Manus Carey, added: ‘Our five composers have produced an awe-inspiring selection of works and it was a difficult decision to select one, though I’m delighted that Daniel’s composition will be performed by the Orchestra in November at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. My thanks go to all participants and RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson who has provided such valuable support to the Composers’ Hub.’