Scottish International Piano Competition

2017 Scottish International Piano Competition participants with Glasgow's Lord Provost Eva Bolander at Glasgow City Chambers

1-10 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

23 pianists from 15 countries arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday evening to take part in the Scottish International Piano Competition which runs from Friday 1 September until Sunday 10 September with the concerto finals with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). They were welcomed at a Civic Reception given by the Lord Provost of Glasgow at the City Chambers.

The preliminary rounds take place in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 1 -  4 September, and the semi-finals taking place there on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September.  The final at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is held on Sunday 10 September at 3.00pm.

The Scottish International Piano Competition, which takes place every three years, is further delighted to announce a new media partnership for 2017 with Classic FM, the UK's favourite classical music radio station.

Through Classic FM, these talented young musicians' performances will reach as wide an audience as possible on air and via Classic FM's online exclusive content.

Classic FM's 5.8 million listeners will have the exclusive chance to hear the final form the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, shortly after the competition.  The programme will feature three concertos performed by the finalists with the RSNO under Thomas Søndergård.  Classic FM will also share social media videos featuring some of the pianists via their Facebook page and on ClassicFM.com.

As well as supporting the work of young musicians and composers, Classic FM has introduced an entirely new audience to classical music with a significant rise in the number of listeners under 25 in recent years.

Classic FM celebrates its 25th birthday on 7 September, and is marking the occasion with a series of events around the UK.

Conduct becoming at Glasgow Airport

l-r RSNO musicians Susannah Lowdon (Violin) and Lance Green (Trombone) with British Airways check in staff Linda Friel

Passengers invited to lead Scotland's national orchestra at Glasgow's busy transport hub

Glasgow Airport will be asking its passengers to conduct themselves with flair and élan on Thursday morning, when the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) invites willing journey-makers to take to the podium and lead the ensemble in their chosen tune.

Scotland's national orchestra will be performing at the transport hub at 10.00am on Thursday 31 August and are asking all those passing through the airport to voice their interest in conducting the 50-strong ensemble through social media prior to the big day. RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson will be on hand to give guidance to the budding baton-wielders.

Glasgow Airport will be hosting a poll on its Facebook page to pick the piece of music to be performed by the RSNO that ten lucky passengers will get to conduct. The choices will be: Overture from Rossini's William Tell (Theme from The Lone Ranger); Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (theme from The Apprentice) and Scottish ceilidh favourite Eightsome Reels.

RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson: "There's nothing to compare with the thrill of leading a large professional orchestra playing the music you love. It's my pleasure to invite passengers to take my place on the podium and bring one of Scotland's busiest international gateways to life with the sound of music."

Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing and Development at Glasgow Airport: "The Royal Scottish National Orchestra's annual performance is one of the highlights of the year for both the terminal team and of course our passengers.

"A performance from the country's national orchestra is the perfect way to bring to a close what has been a fantastic Best of Scotland campaign."

In addition to conducting one of the world's most famous orchestras, participants will each receive a goodie bag courtesy of Glasgow Airport and the RSNO, and the apprentice conductor deemed the most proficient will win vouchers to spend in the airport's retail and catering outlets.

Passengers and visitors to Glasgow Airport who wish to register their interest in conducting the Orchestra on Thursday should do so via the RSNO's Facebook (@royalscottishnationalorchestra), Twitter (@RSNO), Instagram (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) accounts or by informing a member of Glasgow Airport staff before 9.30am on the day. There are a limited number of opportunities to conduct the Orchestra so places will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.