Millions enjoy anniversary celebrations on Classic FM

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RSNO performances to be broadcast on the UK’s favourite classical music radio station

As part of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) 125th anniversary celebrations, Classic FM will broadcast an exclusive RSNO live-recorded performance every Monday from October until Christmas.

Classic FM’s The Full Works Concert, on-air from 8.00pm until 10.00pm and hosted by Classic FM presenter Jane Jones, will feature eleven full concerts from the RSNO, including selected highlights from the 2015:16 Season as well as performances from the first half of the forthcoming orchestral year.

The special programmes launch on Monday 3 October with the broadcast of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No3 with soloist Boris Giltburg, and Suites 1&2 from De Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat. The following week the featured broadcast will be taken from the RSNO’s opening concert of the 2016:17 Season at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with Music Director Peter Oundjian leading the ensemble in a performance of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No2 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Nicola Benedetti. Online at ClassicFM.com, there’ll be an exclusive video masterclass in which Nicola explores this masterpiece by Tchaikovsky. Further guest soloists to feature in Classic FM’s The Full Works Concert include pianists Paul Lewis and Lars Vogt, violinist Jennifer Pike, cellist Giovanni Sollima, and singers Marita Sølberg, Renata Pokupić, Ben Johnson and Stephan Loges.

The RSNO shares Classic FM’s vision to make classical music accessible and relevant to everyone. The UK’s third oldest professional orchestra continues to enjoy a successful partnership with the nation’s favourite classical music station, with 5.5 million listeners tuning into Classic FM every week.

Classic FM presenter Jane Jones: “Classic FM is proud to be celebrating the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 125th anniversary, a significant milestone in the history of classical music in the UK. Over the next three months, our listeners will be treated to a series of concerts recorded at the RSNO’s home in Glasgow which showcase the talent and versatility of Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland.”

Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, Chief Executive of the RSNO: “The RSNO and Classic FM have enjoyed a flourishing partnership since 2003, with the nation’s favourite classical music broadcaster communicating our efforts and helping us build new audiences for classical music in Scotland. We’re very proud of our heritage as Scotland’s most established performing arts organisation and with Classic FM we can share our enthusiasm with millions of listeners across the UK.”

Classic FM is available on 100-102 FM, digital radio, at ClassicFM.com and on the Classic FM app. For more information visit www.ClassicFM.com or www.rsno.org.uk.

RSNO wins Latin GRAMMY® nomination

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Best Classical Album of the Year nomination for RSNO recording of works of American composer Samuel Adler

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has received a Latin Grammy® Award nomination, announced yesterday (Wednesday 21 September), for its recent recording of the orchestral works of German-born American composer Samuel Adler.

Conducted by the multiple award-winning Uruguayan maestro José Serebrier, this is the Scottish Orchestra’s second nomination for the Latin Grammy® Awards, the first being in 2005 for its recording of Alexander Glazunov’s Symphony No5 and The Seasons, also conducted by Serebrier. The Orchestra has received eight Grammy® Award nominations since 2006. José Serebrier won a Latin Grammy® Award in 2004 in the same category for the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s recording of orchestral interludes from Bizet’s opera Carmen, orchestrated by Serebrier.

José Serebrier Conducts Samuel Alder was the final recording - and indeed performance - to be made by the RSNO at the Orchestra’s former home, the Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow. The record was produced by Philip Hobbs and Robert Cammidge and released on the Scottish label Linn Records. It features première recordings of the composer’s three-movement Symphony No6 as well as his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, with Maximilian Hornung as soloist.

Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, Chief Executive of the RSNO: “I would like to thank the musicians and José for producing such a glowing tribute to Samuel Adler. To be recognised with this nomination is a great honour and highlights the mission of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to give a voice to composers through recordings, broadcasts and live performances. We wish all nominees well!”

The 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday 17 November, 2016.

Sing for Scotland!

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Scotland’s National Orchestra’s vocal ensemble is now recruiting for new members

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is inviting applicants to join the nation’s historic vocal ensemble.

Originally named the Glasgow Choral Union, which made the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in the country, the RSNO Chorus is Scotland’s longest-serving performing arts ensemble.

The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme Järvi, and Holst's The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both been subject to high critical acclaim, with the latter being one of the highest selling classical recordings of the last twenty years.

In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many different parts of the world, establishing an international status for the choir. The RSNO Chorus has toured in Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam.

RSNO Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer: “There is no feeling quite like singing in a chorus and at this standard the effort and commitment is substantial but the rewards are without measure. The RSNO Chorus is a historic organisation with a proud legacy, and it is my distinct pleasure to be in a position to guide the ensemble to greater artistic heights. There has never been a better time to join, so we’re keen to hear from those of you who have the temperament, expertise and willingness to be a part of Scotland’s musical history.”

Currently, the RSNO Chorus has around 120 members. As an amateur chorus, the members receive no payment for their services, but the level of performance and the speed at which they are required to learn repertoire means that the ability of singers is high.

Forthcoming performances for the RSNO Chorus include Verdi’s Requiem in December, Handel’s Messiah in January, a new work by Irish composer Gerald Barry in May, and performing live accompaniment to the screening of the Oscar-winning 1984 film Amadeus, also in May 2017.

For more information on the RSNO Chorus and details on how to apply to become a member, contact RSNO Chorus Manager Christine Walker on 0141 225 3553, email Christine.Walker@rsno.org.uk or visit www.rsno.org.uk/chorus.

New faces at the RSNO

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Scotland’s national orchestra appoints new Principal Trumpet and Associate Principal First Violin

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Christopher Hart as its new Principal Trumpet and Lena Zeliszewska as Associate Principal First Violin (No4). The new appointments will be in place for the start of the Orchestra’s 2016:17 Season which starts on 6/7 October.

Christopher has performed across the UK and Europe with ensembles such as the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (Linn Records), and has also recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Chris recently performed Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Trumpet Concerto at the Royal College of Music and is developing a career as a recitalist with the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme.

As a student at the Royal Academy of Music, London, Christopher won both the John Solomon Brass Prize for solo performance and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize, as well as being awarded a Regency Award upon his graduation for outstanding achievement and a DipRAM for an outstanding Final Recital. During his time in Cardiff, Christopher won First Prize in the 2014 Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff in July 2014.

Christopher succeeds John Gracie, who retires from the Orchestra following thirty-five years’ service as RSNO Principal Trumpet.

Newly appointed RSNO Principal Trumpet Christopher Hart: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the RSNO. The orchestra has a terrific heritage, to be taking over the Principal Trumpet position from John Gracie is a tremendous honour and I look forward to performing with my new colleagues."

Lena Zeliszewska is a former member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and guested with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Lena was appointed No5 Sub-Principal First Violin with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Since 2011 she has also been a member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG). Highlights of her time in the CBSO and BCMG have included numerous performances at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall and the Luzerne Festival. In 2013 Lena was granted a 2-year sabbatical to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), studying violin performance with Prof. Gerardo Ribeiro. During her time at NU she was a first-prize winner of Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation String Competition, a third-prize winner of Thaviu String Competition, and the winner of NU Concerto Competition. In November 2014 she was the soloist for Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto, performed with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Victor Yampolsky. In April 2015 Lena was one of only four NU students to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of The Conservatory Project 2015.

New RSNO Associate Principal First Violin Lena Zeliszewska: “One of the main factors which drives and inspires me as a musician and a person is a constant search for new challenges and opportunities to learn more about music, performance and life in general. More often than not I learn that from my fellow musicians and so I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the RSNO and to begin this new and exciting musical journey! And of course I can't wait to explore the city of Glasgow and the absolutely stunning Scottish countryside!”

Angelic celebration at Kelvingrove Museum

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One of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions celebrates its tenth anniversary of the completion of a major refurbishment with two gala concerts featuring the award-winning US soprano Angel Blue
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s three-year £28m refurbishment was completed ten years ago this summer, and to celebrate the anniversary the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will perform two concerts, Music at the Museum, dedicated to the world of stage and screen, on Friday 16 September and Saturday 17 September (both 8.00pm).

American soprano Angel Blue, who funded her singing tuition with prize-money from beauty pageants - including Miss Hollywood 2005 – was subsequently mentored by Placido Domingo, and earlier this year made her critically-acclaimed Metropolitan Opera, New York debut, joins 2016 Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award winner Aziz Shokhakimov and Scotland’s national orchestra for performances which will include excerpts from Carmen, La Traviata, Tannhäuser and Eugene Onegin, as well as Summertime from Porgy and Bess and I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady.

The RSNO has been performing its late summer brace of concerts at the Baroque style venue every year since it reopened in 2006. The museum houses over 9000 items, including a substantial natural history collection and one of the largest accumulations of arms and armour in the world. The programme, under the title RSNO Gala Concert, also features at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, on Wednesday 14 September (7.30pm).

American soprano Angel Blue: "My first time in Scotland was in 2014 singing at the Edinburgh International Festival. I was completely awe struck by the beauty of the city and the people. Singing with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is nothing short of a dream coming true. I'm looking forward to singing with a great orchestra and conductor in one of my favourite countries in the world."

In October 2016 the RSNO begins the second of its two-season 125th anniversary celebrations, opening with RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian leading the Orchestra in performances of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No2 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Nicola Benedetti, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 7 October and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 8 October.

Tickets for the RSNO Gala Concert in Inverness can be purchased by calling the Eden Court Theatre Box Office on 01463 234 234 or for Music at the Museum at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow call the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Box Office on 0141 353 8000. For more information on RSNO concerts and events and to book online visit www.rsno.org.uk.