Day 7 – Vero Beach

Today we head east to Vero Beach – we are certainly doing a lot of zig-zagging across the state!  Vero Beach is home to some of the largest retirement communities in Florida and that was very evident in the audience.  Unusually, the venue was not a concert hall but a large modern church. The acoustics […]

Day 6 – Sarasota

Anothert day, another beach, I mean concert! Today we are heading for Sarasota, a couple of hours west of Orlando. We have three coach drivers who are all being wonderfully flexible so one bus sent off early for those who wanted to explore a bit of the town. Some of us decided that pedal power […]

Days 4 & 5 – West Palm Beach

Another free morning so it was an opportunity to head for the shops, the beach, a museum or park.  One of our hotels (we were split in two groups) was very close to the biggest mall in West Palm Beach.  Just the simple task of getting there was an experience – very little priority is […]

Day 3 – Fort Lauderdale

You may think it looks as though we're on a nice holiday and I'll admit it kind of feels that way! But today, we have the first concert of the tour so it's down to business, well this afternoon at least! One of the unusual things about this tour is the fact that we are based […]

Day 2 – Recovery!

There's nothing like a good night's sleep after being on the road for 24 hours! With the weather forecast looking like wall to wall blue skies and sunshine, most people used the day to visit the beach, either here in West Palm Beach or up to Miami to do a bit of people watching on […]

USA here we come!

It seems like foreign tours for the RSNO are like buses - you wait ages for one to come along and then two arrive at once!  We've only been back from our January tour of Spain for a few weeks and the suitcases and passports were out again, this time packed with clothes for a […]

Chan makes triumphant return

Conductor Elim Chan returns to the RSNO two weeks after her début The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) welcomes Hong Kong-born Elim Chan to conduct a second programme with the Orchestra, two weeks after making her Scottish début. Elim, the first female winner of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and current Dudamel […]

Sibelius Family Grant Permission to RSNO Musicians

Early Piano Quartet to be performed by RSNO Chamber Group will reveal composer’s classical tradition A Scottish chamber group will perform a 19th century rarity from the predominantly 20th century composer Jean Sibelius this coming Sunday, after permission from the composer’s family was sought before the sheet music was released. Sibelius and Strauss Piano Quartets […]

Scottish composer fulfils promise to friend with new work

New Flute Concerto for 2017 marks 20-year friendship between composer and soloist This week Scottish audiences will be treated to the première of a new Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, written by leading Scottish composer Martin Suckling, inspired by the obsessive characteristics of one of the UK’s leading conceptual artists’ work, and borne from a […]

Rare performances of Double Bass Concerto

RSNO Principal performs Koussevitzsky showpiece for audiences in Musselburgh and Kirkcaldy The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Principal Bassist Ana Cordova will take centre stage to perform Serge Koussevitzsky’s rarely performed Concerto for Double Bass, to audiences in Musselburgh and Kirkcaldy at the end of this month. Infrequently utilised as a solo instrument Koussevitzsky wrote […]

A Celtic Challenge

A blog by Philip Ashworth, RSNO Composers’ Hub 2016:17 Embarking on any new composition requires a goodly deal of planning and preparation. With a wholly original piece, one generally has carte blanche and can pretty much do whatever you like. However, arranging or transcribing existing music carries with it a different set of possibilities and, […]

Restoration Project

A blog by Benjamin Graves, RSNO Composers’ Hub 2016:17. I love Grand Designs: the monumental designs, the originality of the buildings and the way they fit within their surrounds. But most of all I love Kevin McCloud: his dryness, consistent incredulity at the viability of each build and genuine surprise every episode at the quality […]