The RSNO and Renfrewshire Council collaborate to provide unique work experience project
This October, Paisley’s young people will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to plan, programme and perform a concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Approximately sixty 15 to 24-year-olds will work with the RSNO musicians and staff across every aspect of the planning, promotion and performance, as part of an intensive work experience project.
The Paisley Takeover programme is being funded by Renfrewshire Council as part of the build-up to the town’s bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021. Young people with an interest in the music industry can apply to take part and successful applicants will be assigned a ‘job’ according to their skills and interests.
Up to twenty-five young people will rehearse and perform alongside the RSNO musicians, with two participants conducting the full orchestra with guidance from RSNO Assistant Conductor Jean-Claude Picard. There will also be opportunities in areas including stage management, sound engineering, event planning and marketing for the concert, for which the date and venue is still to be decided. To be participating musician, the young people must already be able to play a strings, brass, woodwind or percussion instrument at grade 7 or 8 standard.
Some of the young people will run the engagement and learning aspect of the project, working with the RSNO to deliver one-hour musical workshops to more than five hundred primary school pupils around Renfrewshire.
The aim of The Paisley Takeover is to engage young people in cultural activity and boost their job and life skills. Details of how to apply will be announced soon.
The Orchestra has developed its relationship significantly with Renfrewshire over the past three years, performing during the town’s Spree Festival with artist such as Roddy Hart and King Creosote.
RSNO Director of Learning and Engagement Jenn Adams: “Having opened our doors to an influx of enthusiastic young people for the first time last year, we are delighted to once again giving them the chance to run one of Scotland’s busiest performing arts organisations, on this occasion working in the Paisley area. It will provide valuable experience to those seeking to pursue employment in the arts, and is intended to be challenging, stimulating and fun. You never know - we may very well have a future RSNO conductor or Chief Executive among our group.”
Council Leader Mark Macmillan: “We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with the RSNO for this hugely-exciting Paisley Takeover project. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for our young people to work with world-class musicians on a project which will boost their confidence and job chances. Hopefully it will help kick off careers in the music industry for some of them – and who knows whether the next Gerry Rafferty or Paolo Nutini will be within their ranks?
“This is just one of many great projects which will be taking place around the town as we prepare to submit our bid in two years’ time for UK City of Culture 2021. That bid is part of a wider push to use and develop the town’s existing cultural and heritage assets to help drive regeneration and tourism.
“There is no question that Paisley is fast establishing itself as a key destination on Scotland’s cultural map.”
Also, for the second year, the RSNO is running its national Takeover programme, on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 June. This is open to anyone in Scotland aged 16 – 18yrs and is held in Glasgow at the RSNO Centre. Accommodation costs are covered for those who reside outside the city and financial assistance with travel is also available. Spaces are extremely limited so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for a place.
“Do you really want to know?” This was RSNO Principal Double Bass Ana Cordova’s response to Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall when she asked what drew her to her instrument. Anne-Marie was in conversation with Ana, Music Director Peter Oundjian, and Principal Oboe Adrian Wilson as part of the RSNO 2015:16 Season launch at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday. It was very exciting to be among over 200 RSNO subscribers invited to find out what we can expect from the RSNO’s 125th Anniversary celebrations.
We really did want to know, so Ana went on to explain that in school she was hyperactive and her doctors sent her to obligatory after school ‘activity’ classes. During this time she tried the piano and trumpet with little success before her mother suggested learning violin. Naturally, she rebelled and chose double bass instead. She found she loved it and the rest is history.
Watching Ana perform Gaspar Cassadó’s Requiebros, loosely translated as ‘a chat up line’, was truly mesmerizing. Having never heard the double bass performed as a solo instrument before, I was fascinated to see Ana make an instrument, normally praised for its low, powerful rumblings, sound playful, intricate and coy. She introduced the piece by saying, “I hope this gives you a little taste of the spicy flavour to the Spanish way of life.” She certainly did.
It is the opportunity to get a little closer to RSNO musicians that make these events so special and Principal Oboe Adrian Wilson had an equally interesting story to tell about how he came to his instrument:
“I started playing recorder at school. My recorder teacher told me he could see me playing the oboe. I had no idea what an oboe was but he got me one. He told me ‘I can’t teach you but I think you should try to play it.’ The strange thing is, he died a week later and I often wonder what would have been if he had never mentioned it. I might still not know what an oboe is.”
And thank goodness he does. Adrian played the Sonata for Piano and Oboe by Francis Poulenc dedicated to the memory of his great friend Serge Prokofiev. He captured Poulenc’s grieving process beautifully from the affectionate memory of friendship, to anger at its loss, before quiet acceptance.
And that was just the music! The rest of the evening was made up of short speeches made by Acting Chief Executive, Kenneth Osborne, and RSNO Executive Producer Manus Carey. I was very interested to hear Manus explain his motives for programming the 2015:16 Season; the first of a two-season 125th anniversary celebration. It will be a programme to celebrate the RSNO’s rich heritage, and to take the RSNO forward as they move into their new home.
Of particular note, was the announcement that former Music Directors Stéphane Denève, Alexander Lazarev will return to the RSNO with a programme from their respective home countries, France and Russia. Two concerts I will be sure not to miss!
Excitement over the potential of the new home was clear throughout the evening with Peter Oundjian imaging what the RSNO will do with the new space and Manus giving us a sneak peek into some of the initiatives that will be run there. I look forward to attending the ‘Under the skin of’ initiatives which will be an opportunity to learn more about the composers Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky in a more intimate setting.
However, perhaps the most inspiring thing I took away from the evening was realising how important our subscribers, donors and partners are to us. I came to better understand that without them our work wouldn’t continue. The RSNO is much more than the musicians sitting on the stage; it is a community of people who love music. What an evening!
Classic FM Presenter joins Scotland’s national orchestra to share a love of the great composer
Radio/TV presenter, author and journalist John Suchet, who presents the weekday morning programme on Classic FM, will step back from the microphone at the end of March to present a series of concerts in Scotland dedicated to his favourite composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.
John, who has so far written six books on the life and works of the 18th century German composer, will share his knowledge of key moments in Beethoven’s life which shaped the music we know today.
In partnership with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), John Suchet presents Classic FM Hall of Fame: John Suchet’s Beethoven, at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Thursday 26 March, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 27 March, and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 28 March.
RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian and winner of the 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition (SIPC) Jonathan Fournel, who won the opportunity to perform these concerts as part of the SIPC prize, join John for performances of three of Beethoven’s most cherished works; the Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No3, and Symphony No5.
John Suchet: “I am so excited to be sharing the stage with the great Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, for a programme of Beethoven’s music. I’ll tell you things about Beethoven I guarantee you didn’t know before, and you’ll hear his music through fresh ears.”
To book tickets to Classic FM Hall of Fame: John Suchet’s Beethoven contact the Caird Hall, Dundee box office on 01382 434 940, the Usher Hall, Edinburgh box office on 0131 228 1155, or the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office on 0141 353 8000. For more information please visit www.rsno.org.uk.
125th Birthday for Scotland’s National Orchestra
RSNO embarks on a two-season quasquicentennial anniversary celebration
- Scotland’s national orchestra, the third oldest continuously active professional orchestra in the UK, celebrates its 125th anniversary over two Seasons
- The RSNO moves into its new, purpose-built rehearsal, performance and recording facility, The RSNO Centre
- 2015:16 and 2016:17 Seasons will be headed by RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian, with appearances from all members of Orchestra’s Artistic Team; Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev, Thomas Søndergård, Jean-Claude Picard and also former Music Director Stéphane Denève
- Increased focus on artist collaboration and programme investigation, with Artist in Focus weeks and new performance strands, including Under The Skin of…andDiscover Days
- Celebration of the music of Sergei Prokofiev and Cole Porter, who share their 125th anniversaries in 2016
- Three large-scale choral works led by Peter Oundjian for the 2015:16 Season; Mahler Symphony No2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No9 bookend the orchestral year, with Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony featuring at the midpoint of the Season
- Scottish premieres of James MacMillan’s The Death of Oscar and Little Mass, RSNO co-commissions
- RSNO concert inaugurates new organ for the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
- RSNO ensembles RSNO Alchemy and RSNO Chamber return in 2015:16 to present new series
- Film music programming continues for 2015:16, with Heroes and Superheroes, and the return of The Music of John Williams and to precede the new Season a partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival, presenting Back to the Future with live orchestral soundtrack to celebrate the movie’s 30th anniversary
Scotland’s oldest performing arts organisation, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), celebrates its 125th anniversary over two seasons, starting with the 2015:16 Season, commencing October 2015.
Officially formed in 1891 as an orchestra in its own right, rather than accompanists for the Glasgow Choral Union, the RSNO now enjoys the position as Scotland’s national orchestra, and in recent years has performed such functions as opening the Scottish Parliament, recording Scotland’s unofficial national anthem Flower of Scotland for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games medal ceremonies, and hosting the unveiling of the Ryder Cup teams at the SSE Hydro last year. Now the Orchestra firmly positions itself to meet the evolving demands of the music-loving public of Scotland, and in the coming orchestral year the Season is augmented by new programme strands, greater artist and partner collaboration and increased opportunities to access live symphonic music.
RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian:
“I’m sure those who participated in the first Scottish Orchestra concert would never have dreamed that there would be an ensemble, carrying its history and unique tradition, one hundred and twenty-five years later, and yet here we are, celebrating a century and a quarter of making music as one of Scotland’s most attended performing arts institutions. We have made a concerted effort over the past few years to provide unprecedented access to what is one of the country’s most important cultural assets, but with the completion of our new premises comes a renewed drive to open our doors as never before, so you will notice a greater emphasis on integration, collaboration, learning and engagement connecting our programming. This is perhaps the most diverse and accessible this Orchestra has ever been, supported by the fact that last year more households in Scotland attended an RSNO performance or activity.
“It is an honour, a privilege and also a responsibility to be leading our national orchestra throughout this momentous occasion, and it is fitting that we both celebrate the past and look to the future, paving the way for another 125 years of glorious music-making.”
RSNO Acting Chief Executive Kenneth Osborne:
“We are delighted to be celebrating our 125th anniversary with current and past artistic teams, our choruses, returning well-loved soloists, Scotland’s pre-eminent composer, the many organisations we collaborate with, and our supporters and audiences whom we serve.
“As well as celebrating our rich heritage we continue to look forward. We are continuing to develop and diversify our programming, to attract new audiences and deepen the experience of existing audiences through new performance strands such as Under the Skin of, and developments such as Artist in Focus and Discover Day. These new programmes though are just a taster of the new activity for both Glasgow and the whole of Scotland which we will be developing in our new RSNO Centre, and we will be announcing more on this in the coming months. It is an exciting time for the orchestra and all those we work with and work for.”
A main thrust of the RSNO’s strategy going forward is to make connections; connections with other partners to present appealing events, connections with artists to develop relationships with musicians and audiences, and connections in music, providing greater opportunity to discover more from well-loved concert repertoire as well as encouraging new discoveries.
One key event to take place this year - which will allow the Orchestra to connect with more people - will be the celebration of the opening of its new premises; a purpose built 600-seater performance, recording and rehearsal space, to be called The RSNO Centre, at the heart of the cultural quarter in Glasgow’s city centre. The RSNO will become neighbours with Scottish Opera, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art. Forging partnerships has been a central drive of the Orchestra in recent years, and this move will provide further opportunities to collaborate with others.
The 2015:16 Season
Mahler’s Symphony No2 Resurrection and Beethoven’s Symphony No9 Ode to Joy frame the new Season, with participation from a superlative cast of soloists and the RSNO Chorus, under new guidance from recently appointed Chorus Director Greg Batsleer, who recently won the 2015 Arts Foundation Award in January this year. The Chorus also joins the Orchestra for performances of Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No1 A Sea Symphony halfway through the Season.
Well-loved works such as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No5, Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Mozart’s Symphony No41 Jupiter, Beethoven’s Symphony No8, Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring all share Season space with less frequently performed pieces, such as Shostakovich’s Symphonies No6 and No8, Szymanowski’s Symphony No4 Symphonie concertante, and Schubert’s Third and Fourth Symphonies.
RSNO Artistic Team and Visiting Conductors
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Scotland’s national orchestra it will be welcoming the return of its entire Artistic Team over the two-year celebration.
RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian will lead the celebrations by conducting three major choral works, Mahler’s Symphony No2 Resurrection to open, Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No1 A Sea Symphony in February, and closing 2015:16 with Beethoven’s Symphony No9 Ode to Joy. Peter will also revisit well-loved symphonic music as well as introduce works which will be new to many. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No5 sits alongside Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto, with Brett Dean as soloist. Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet shares the billing with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, with Xiayin Wang performing Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto. Peter also conducts his first Mozart Symphony with the RSNO, No41 K551 Jupiter, preceded by Vilde Frang performing Brahms Violin Concerto and Webern’s Langsamer Satz. The partnership of Peter Oundjian and Nicola Benedetti MBE continues for the coming Season, with the Scottish soloist performing Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No2 for the first time in her home country. This is followed by the Scottish premiere of James MacMillan’s Little Mass, for Orchestra and Young Voices, and Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. Peter also presents an evening of 20th century Russian reperoire, with Nikolai Lugansky on keys, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No2 to commence, with Shostakovich’s Symphony No8 to conclude.
For RSNO Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Søndergård’s first of four 2015:16 programmes he and the Orchestra will be joined by pianist Dejan Lazić who will perform both the overture from his Piano Concerto in Istrian Style, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No2, sharing the evening’s programme with Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’sPictures at an Exhibition. In March Thomas’ second RSNO programme of the Season features returning pianist Igor Levit for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No12 K414 and Szymanowski’s Symphony No4 Symphonie concertante, more a piano concerto than a symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No8. Then in late spring 2016 Thomas presents The Stravinsky Project, a two-part exploration of some of the composer’s most diverse and pioneering works. The first week pairs Stravinsky’s Symphony in C and Symphony in Three Movement’s with Schubert’s Symphony No3 and No4 Tragic. In week two of the Stravinsky Project, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring follows Stefan Jackiw’s performance of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto and, to start, Bartok’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.
RSNO Conductor Emeritus Alexander Lazarev returns in April 2016 for Prokofiev’s Cinderella suite, Rachmaninov’s Carpice bohemian, and, with Nikolai Lugansky, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No4 (for the Left Hand).
RSNO Assistant Conductor Jean-Claude Picard marks his final year with the RSNO with a programme featuring Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, the Adagiettofrom Mahler’s Symphony No5, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, and, with soloist Boris Giltburg, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2. Jean-Claude also leads the Orchestra and soprano Ailish Tynan in a New Year programme of Viennese fayre, visiting Dunfermline, Langholm, Inverness, and, for the first time in a few years, Forfar and Stirling.
In April 2016 former RSNO Music Director Stéphane Denève makes his first return journey to the RSNO since his departure in 2012. Ravel’s La Valse and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (with arguably Scotland’s greatest concert pianist, Steven Osborne) feature alongside Debussy’s Marche ecossaise, Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, and the UK premiere of James MacMillan’s The Death of Oscar.
For the 2016:17 Season RSNO Conductor Emeritus Walter Weller and RSNO Conductor Emeritus Neeme Järvi return. Details of the 2016:17 Season will be announced next year.
Jun Märkl, Jaime Martin, Christopher Bell and Richard Kaufman are four returning conductors for 2015:16, with the remainder making their RSNO debuts; Cristian Măcelaru, Matthew Halls, Clemens Schuldt, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Wayne Marshall and Otto Tausk all new to leading Scotland’s national orchestra.
The RSNO shares its anniversary with composers Sergei Prokofiev and Cole Porter, both born in 1891. Prokofiev and Porter’s works will feature throughout the new Season, with much of Prokofiev’s an element of a wider exponent of a dance theme. The RSNO will be performing two of his ballet works; Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet, as well as all three Piano Concertos across 2016, with long-time RSNO associate, pianist Nikolai Lugansky.
Weeks away from his 125th anniversary day, The Cole Porter Songbook Anniversary Gala in May celebrates the wit, charm and style of one of the doyens of musical theatre. Pianist and conductor Wayne Marshall is joined by West End star Kim Criswell for a tribute evening to the great American composer.
Artists in Focus
New for 2015:16 Scotland’s national orchestra invites soloists to develop their connection with the country’s audiences through multiple performances across the Season and through increased, often themed, collaboration. In the first year, the RSNO further develops its relationship with leading international - and familiar face to RSNO audiences - pianist Nikolai Lugansky, as the Russian performs all of Prokofiev’s four piano concertos across 2016.
Nikolai is just one of the three artists participating in the new Artist in Focus series. Contemporary Australian composer, violist and conductor Brett Dean joins Peter Oundjian and the Orchestra as both soloist and composer, performing his Viola Concerto, a Scottish premiere. Brett will also be joining the RSNO Chamber ensemble that week, as well as hosting pre-concert talks. Russian-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg makes his RSNO début in February and will be the soloist for the Valentine’s programme, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2, will return two weeks later to play Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No3, and will also feature in the RSNO Chamber Series.
More Guest Artists
A mixture of the welcomingly familiar and refreshingly new in terms of visiting soloists in 2015:16.
The RSNO welcomes back pianist Xiayin Wang to perform Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto. Her RSNO and Scottish début in 2013 was met with universal critical acclaim, and together with the Orchestra and Peter Oundjian recorded the piano concertos of Gershwin, Barber and Copland for the Chandos label. Norwegian violinist Vilde Frangreturns to Scotland, this time for Brahms’ Violin Concerto, as does Latvian Baiba Skride, to open the first of December’s RSNO concerts with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
Thierry Escaich is a prominent name in organ and improvisation, and a most appropriate guest artist to join the Orchestra for the inaugural concert for the brand new organ, installed at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. For this occasion he will perform Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani, and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No3. The programme is dedicated to The Merchants House of Glasgow and its benefactors for their support which has enabled the purchase of the new organ. This programme will also appear at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh the previous evening.
The American violinist Stefan Jackiw has already created a huge following during his short career. Making his RSNO debut in May 2016, he performs Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.
Soprano Valentina Farcas and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly are the soloists for the opening concert of the new Season, Mahler’s Symphony No2 Resurrection. SopranoAilish Tynan appears for the second year running, this time in two separate programmes; the six-date regional tour of the Viennese Gala and the New Year performance of Handel’s Messiah in Glasgow. Matthew Brook and conductor Matthew Halls. Soprano Katherine Broderick and baritone Benedict Nelson are the soloists for Vaughan Williams Symphony No1 A Sea Symphony. For the final concert of the 2015:16 Season, soprano Marita Sølberg, mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić, tenor Ben Johnson and bass-baritone Iain Paterson share the platform with the Orchestra, Music Director Peter Oundjian and the RSNO Chorus, for Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, preceding Beethoven’s Symphony No9 Ode to Joy.
Under The Skin of…
Also new for 2015:16 is the exploratory forum Under The Skin of…, which will investigate select composers featured during the Season. The first of these will be piloted in the RSNO’s new auditorium, will be led by Scottish broadcaster and presenter Sandy Burnett, and will in its first orchestral year look at Tchaikovsky (Tuesday 6 October) and Stravinsky (Tuesday 3 May) with the backing of full symphony orchestra.
A further new development for 2015:16 is RSNO Discover Days, the first of these to be held at the University of Edinburgh and at the new RSNO Centre in Glasgow in November. Each RSNO Discover Day will be led by an RSNO musician or invited guest, where the group will take an in-depth look at the works and related contexts of a featured composer, in the first instance Sergei Prokofiev and a focus on his masterpiece Romeo and Juliet. Tickets cost £25 and include lunch and refreshments.
Film, Festive Music
The Orchestra’s film music programmes, re-launched in 2013, have proved a valuable way of introducing live orchestral music to new audiences. This continues for 2015:16 and the RSNO further cements its continuing relationship with conductor/presenter Richard Kaufman, presenting for the third year running the hugely successful The Music of John Williams in February 2016, and also Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes in March 2016.
The RSNO Christmas Concerts are now embedded as a traditional marking of the Scottish festive season. Christopher Bell conducts the Orchestra for the occasion, with seasonal fayre and the screening of Raymond Briggs’ classic animation, The Snowman, with guest star narrator.
Classic FM Hall of Fame
In June, 2002 winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Jennifer Pike is joined by Dutch conductor Otto Tausk and Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland for an evening of some of the most unashamedly popular orchestral classics as voted by the UK’s most listened-to classical radio station.
Children’s Classic Concerts
The RSNO continues to be Children’s Classic Concerts’ orchestra of choice for performances in the central belt, and for 2015:16 Season they will partner to present two programmes; Magic and Monsters at the end of October/beginning of November, and in December a festive musical feast, Owen and Olly’s Christmas Stocking. For more information on CCC events please visit www.childrensclassicconcerts.co.uk.
Over the past five years the RSNO has strived to provide more opportunities to experience music outside the familiar arenas. One way was to develop its ensemble strategy, and the first step was the Chamber Music Series, now in its fourth year. In Edinburgh the partnership with Dovecot Theatre continues to progress, while in Glasgow St Mary’s Cathedral and Cottier’s Theatre have hosted RSNO Chamber performances. This Season two soloists, violist Brett Dean and pianist Boris Giltburg, perform with the full symphony orchestra and also appear in the Chamber Series.
From October 2015 the RSNO’s new performance space will be the base for future chamber events. Similarly the recently launched semi-improvisational ensemble RSNO Alchemy with its Director Peter Wiegold will make the new space its permanent home.
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Partnerships are crucial to the work of the RSNO and we aim to facilitate national and local partnerships with cultural, commercial, public, charitable and community organisations in order to increase and sustain the impact, reach, reputation and contribution of the Orchestra’s work.
The RSNO continues to strengthen its reputation for delivering rewarding programmes for its corporate partners, helping to build profile, serve local communities, reward staff and generate exciting stories.
Scotland’s national orchestra is delighted to continue its association with Brewin Dolphin this year. This partnership began in 2014 when we announced Brewin Dolphin as a new partner and headline sponsor of Brewin Dolphin presents Music at the Museum, the RSNO’s annual performance at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. This successful collaboration will continue in 2015 alongside an expansion of the programme to include headline sponsorship of the prestigious, sell-out concert, Oundjian and Benedetti. The Brewin Dolphin Glasgow office has a full investment and financial planning team of 32 and manages over £1 billion of private client funds.
The RSNO's partnership with TOTAL E&P UK Limited is now in its twelfth year, testimony to the mutual benefits derived from the alliance. Since the departure of former RSNO Music Director Stéphane Denève and the conclusion of the TOTAL Denève series, the partnership has evolved to support community projects in the North-East of Scotland. Our most recent collaboration, a project for 0-2 years olds, named Nickum (Doric for “little rascal”) recently won an award at the Arts and Business Awards in the People category. The partnership was praised for the way in which it harnessed the power of culture to engage with the people in the wider community.
The RSNO's successful partnership with The Miller Group (now Miller Homes) enters its sixth year with the development of its pioneering programme of musical activities, working with Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and children and families in Rachel House children's hospice in Fife and Robin House hospice in Balloch. The partnership was commended in the community category of the Arts & Business Scotland Awards 2013.
The RSNO’s partnership with Glasgow Airport enters its sixth year following last year’s successful project which saw the RSNO stage two performances in Glasgow Airport’s main terminal to celebrate the conclusion of the XX Commonwealth Games. As part of this project, we were delighted to welcome special guest Sarah Clark, Scottish champion and gold medallist who led the Orchestra is a rendition of The Corries’ Flower of Scotland.
The RSNO welcomes the sixth year of the Orchestra's association with La Bonne Auberge, a partnership which supports Children's Classic Concerts.
The RSNO will also continue its successful relationship with Capital Document Solutions, a partnership now in its seventh year, which presents creative marketing opportunities for both partners.
In 2015/16 the RSNO continues its collaboration with Classic FM, proud to be Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland. In 2014 we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the successful partnership with a special live broadcast from Scotland.
The RSNO would like to thank its sponsors, corporate donors, corporate partners, media and broadcast partners and project partners who make a crucial contribution to the work of the Orchestra.
Principal Media Partner: Classic FM
Broadcast Partner: BBC Radio 3
Media Partners: The Courier, The Press and Journal.
Transport Partners: Douglas Park BMW, Park’s Motor Group
Corporate Partners: First Rule Investment Consultancy Ltd, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors, Scots Magazine, The Scottish Council for Development & Industry, Smart Graphics.
Chair Sponsors: Cadenhead’s, Mitchell’s Glengyle, Springbank Distillery Ltd.
Project Partners: Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, Culture Republic, Drake Music Scotland, Highland Council, Horsecross Arts, National Trust for Scotland, National Youth Choir of Scotland, PreSonus, Young Scot, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, Skills Development Scotland, Starcatchers.
Subscription booking for the RSNO 2015:16 Seasons in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow opens on Wednesday 18 March, 2015. Single tickets are on sale from Tuesday 5 May, although RSNO Circle members can priority book from Monday 27 April 2015.
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