The Orchestra’s current artistic team is led by British-Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian, who joined as Music Director in 2012. Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor in the same year, with Holly Mathieson joining as Assistant Conductor in 2016. In May 2017, it was announced that Thomas Søndergård would succeed Peter Oundjian as Music Director, with Søndergård taking up his new post from September 2018. Hong Kong-born conductor Elim Chan will succeed Søndergård as Principal Guest Conductor.
The RSNO performs across Scotland, including concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the St Magnus Festival, Orkney, and has made recent tours to the United States of America, Spain, France, China and Germany. The RSNO was an active participant in the cultural programme of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow and in the same year hosted the Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro.
The Orchestra is joined for choral performances by the RSNO Chorus, directed by Gregory Batsleer. The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, the RSNO Chorus is one of the most distinguished large symphonic choruses in Britain, with a membership of around 160. The Chorus has performed nearly every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan.