RSNO at St Magnus 2012 – Glamping in Orkney

Newlyweds Katherine Bryan and Kennedy Leitch brave camping for the full Orkney experience

RSNO Principal Flute Katherine Bryan discovers a new side to performing at St Magnus in her first weekend of (glamorous) camping at the festival. She shows us around the Orchestra campsite, heads out for a paddle with RSNO Double Bass Sally Davis and chats with her fellow musicians as they rehearse Sibelius‘ Fifth Symphony for their final concert in Orkney. Click here to view Tuesday‘s video report.

RSNO at St Magnus 2012 – Glamping in Orkney

RSNO Principal Flute Katherine Bryan discovers a new side to performing at St Magnus in her first weekend of (glamorous) camping at the festival. She shows us around the Orchestra campsite, heads out for a paddle with RSNO Double Bass Sally Davis and chats with her fellow musicians as they rehearse Sibelius‘ Fifth Symphony for their final concert in Orkney.

RSNO at St Magnus 2012 – Ring (of Brodgar) Cycle

RSNO Principal Trombone Dávur Juul Magnussen and Principal Tuba John Whitener explore Orkney’s famous standing stones, perform for unsuspecting visitors and prepare for the evening’s concert.

RSNO at St Magnus 2012 — Ring (of Brodgar) Cycle

RSNO Principal Trombone Dávur Juul Magnussen and Principal Tuba John Whitener explore Orkney’s famous standing stones, perform for unsuspecting visitors and prepare for the evening’s concert.

RSNO at St Magnus 2012 – The Arrival

RSNO Assistant Principal Second Violin Elita Poulter reports from Orkney’s midsummer festival

The Orchestra arrives in Orkney for the 2012 St Magnus Festival. RSNO Assistant Principal Second Violin Elita Poulter gives an insight into the unique atmosphere of Orkney during the festival, established in 1977 by a collective including composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who is an islands resident. Click here to see Saturday’s reportage.

RSNO at St Magnus 2012 – The Arrival

RSNO Assistant Principal Second Violin Elita Poulter reports from Orkney’s midsummer festival

The Orchestra arrives in Orkney for the 2012 St Magnus Festival. RSNO Assistant Principal Second Violin Elita Poulter gives an insight into the unique atmosphere of Orkney during the festival, established in 1977 by a collective including composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who is an islands resident.

Classic FM’s 20th Birthday Party with the RSNO

Scotland’s national orchestra celebrates 20 years of the UK’s favourite classical radio station with a star-studded gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 24 September

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has been invited to mark 20 years’ broadcasting of the UK’s biggest classical music radio station Classic FM with a celebratory concert, Classic FM Live, at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday 24 September 2012.

The RSNO, Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, will perform to over 5000 people alongside soloists including classical chart-topping Welsh tenor Wynne Evans, outstanding Korean pianist HJ Lim and one of the UK’s most treasured artists, multiple award-winning violinist Tasmin Little OBE, whose services to music were recently recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012. The RSNO and soloists will be also be joined by the critically acclaimed Crouch End Festival Chorus, all led by Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd and hosted by Classic FM presenters John Suchet and Margherita Taylor.

The gala evening’s repertoire includes performances of Classic FM Hall of Fame favourites, including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2, Vaughan Williams’The Lark Ascending and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks finale.

John Suchet, Classic FM presenter and host of Classic FM Live:

We are very proud of our partnership with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, so we’re thrilled that they will be making their Classic FM Live debut this September. With our audience numbers in Scotland growing by 70% over the last three months, this is the perfect way to celebrate our 20th birthday year.

Conductor Douglas Boyd:

I am delighted to be asked to conduct Classic FM’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Classic FM has become a hugely significant broadcaster of classical music giving pleasure to thousands of people. I am looking forward to renewing my relationship with the wonderful RSNO and to be able to celebrate this birthday in a live concert at one of the UK’s greatest venues.

Tickets to Classic FM Live are now on sale and can be booked by visiting www.classicfm.com or by calling the Royal Albert Hall on 0845 401 5034.

RSNO goes Supersonic with schools concerts

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) hits the road with Mega Music, its concert series created especially for pupils in Primary 5–7

This year’s Mega Music series will see the RSNO perform the hour-long concert to more than 3000 Scottish schoolchildren over four concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The schools concert series opens up classical music to children with lively pieces and imaginative themes. The Orchestra welcomes leading Scottish music educator Lucy Forde to present this year’s Supersonic programme for the first time. Lucy will use specially made animated slides to guide the schoolchildren through highlights of the orchestral repertoire while introducing them to musical terminology and concepts in a fun way.

All primary pupils attending the concerts are invited to participate in a piece of music on the day, which they rehearse in school in the run up to the event. Composed by acclaimed RSNO presenter Paul Rissmann, the work, entitled Supersonic, inspired the programme and allows the audience to clap and sing along. The RSNO will also treat the schools to excerpts from popular works including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer.

Presenter of Mega Music, Lucy Forde:

I’m really looking forward to working with the wonderful RSNO in this special project aimed at engaging and enthusing school children with orchestral music. It is especially exciting to be able to bring the vitality and energy of a live experience of the RSNO to young people, many of whom will not have seen an orchestra before. To show children how fun music can be and to give them the chance to participate with some of the best musicians in the country is a real joy.

The RSNO’s Mega Music concerts are one strand of a comprehensive programme specially tailored for younger listeners. The Orchestra also offers Maestro Music, concerts specifically designed for secondary school students, and the award-winning Monster Music which caters for pre-school children and, most recently, families with children under five years old.