Daniel wins the ultimate prize - a trolley dash in a toy shop!

Photo: 8 year-old Daniel Rea as Lord Garmadon8 year old music fan Daniel Rea is set to experience every child's dream - a trolley dash in a toy shop, picking up prizes of all shapes and sizes. The talented youngster entered the annual Children's Classic Concerts' costume competition, sponsored by A1 Toys, at their Ghost Train concert, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh over the Halloween weekend in 2017.

Daniel attended the concert dressed as Lord Garmadon from The LEGO Ninjago Movie. His home-made cardboard creation with hand-painted details seriously wowed the expert panel of judges - Danielle Durieu from the costume department at Scottish Opera and Karen McGrady-Parker, Associate Director at Scottish Youth Theatre. Daniel beat off all the competition from Children's Classic Concerts' audiences in both Glasgow and Edinburgh to win the top prize, much to his delight. Dr Alexis Rea, Daniel's Mum, said on hearing the news, "thank you so much. He will be ecstatic when he finds out. Probably won't sleep tonight!"

Children's Classic Concerts' popular presenters Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox will be there to cheer Daniel on, kick-starting proceedings in style with an enthusiastic drum roll.

The trolley dash comes amongst a flurry of activity for CCC, beginning with Gypsy Jazz, a brand-new concert featuring award-winning Scottish songstress and fiddler, Seonaid Aitken and her band Rose Room. This interactive introduction to jazz will have families literally dancing in the aisles - it starts off in Govanhill, and tours to Peebles and Banchory.

Owen and Olly then visit Additional Support Needs schools in Glasgow and Edinburgh to perform an engaging programme as part of a wider music transition project, supporting pupils as they move from primary to secondary education.
Finally, they take CCC's Tartan Tales concert to the Caird Hall, delighting the Dundee audience with a musical celebration of Scottish story-telling.

The trolley dash will take place at 5:30pm on Tuesday 27 February 2018 at A1 Toys store at the Silverburn Shopping Centre, Barrhead Rd, Glasgow G53 6QR

Andrei Ioniță makes RSNO debut in place of indisposed Jan Vogler

Photo: Andrei Ioniță

Romanian cellist and BBC New Generation Artist Andrei Ioniță will make his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) this week as a last-minute replacement for RSNO Artist-in-Residence Jan Vogler, who is unwell.

In an unchanged programme, Ioniță will perform Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto with the RSNO to audiences at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 9 February and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 10 February. The programmes, conducted by Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz Karl-Heinz Steffens, also features Britten's An American Overture and Elgar's Symphony No1, which marks its 110th anniversary this year.
Described by The Times as "one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade", Andrei Ioniţă won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, and prizes at the ARD, Emanuel Feuermann and Aram Khachaturian competitions. In 2016 he was named a BBC New Generation Artist for the period 2016-2018.

Cellist Andrei Ioniţă: "First of all, I would like to wish Jan a speedy recovery. Furthermore, it is an honour and a privilege to be asked to perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I have been preparing the Schumann Cello Concerto, of which I am very fond, for performances with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic throughout Europe, so the timing is quite fortunate. I very much look forward to playing this wonderful concerto for the audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow."

Jan Vogler has also withdrawn from the chamber concert Classic Strings on Sunday 11 February at the RSNO Centre, Glasgow, though this will still go ahead with a revised programme.

Elgar One (supported by the Iain and Pamela Sinclair Legacy) appears at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 9 February (7.30pm) and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 10 February (7.30pm). For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.

Brief Encounter with live Orchestra

Classic forbidden love story to be screened with live symphonic accompaniment

Next week, the 1945 British romantic drama Brief Encounter, based on a screenplay by Noël Coward and directed by David Lean, will be screened to audiences in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow complete with a live orchestral score.
Dirk Brossé conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), joined by British pianist and 1993 winner of the Beethoven Piano Competition, Leon McCawley, who will perform excerpts from Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No2, as used to powerful effect in the original film score.

Brief Encounter is an adaptation of Noël Coward's 1936 one-act play Still Life and centres on a married woman whose life takes a turn following a chance meeting with a stranger at a railway station, with whom she falls in love. The film was acclaimed upon its release and was voted one of the ten greatest movies ever made in two separate 1952 critics' polls. The British Film Institute voted Brief Encounter the second greatest British film of all time, after The Third Man. Director David Lean is the most represented director in the list, with seven films in the BFI Top 100 British films.

RSNO Director of Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler: "For those who have seen it, Rachmaninov's tense, yearning music is inextricably linked with the memorable scenes from Brief Encounter. It has the perfect combination of stunning cinematography and arresting music that has made it one of Britain's most successful films to date. I'm delighted that Leon McCawley has agreed to perform this challenging music, with the added pressure of synchronising with what's on the screen. I defy anyone not to be moved by this presentation, perfect for Valentine's weekend!"

The RSNO has become synonymous with performing film music and live score performances in recent years. Its partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival has provided captive audiences with such presentations as Back to the Future, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark. With conductor Richard Kaufman the Orchestra continues to perform music from the movies, notably the works of John Williams, who recently gave the Orchestra permission to give the first public performances outside the USA of his music to the latest Star Wars film The Last Jedi.

Brief Encounter Live (in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival) is at Caird Hall, Dundee on Thursday 15 February (7.30pm), the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 16 February (7.30pm), the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 16 February (7.30pm). For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.