RSNO and SCO announce 2nd Aberdeen Concert Series

2012/13 Series unveiled, following success of inaugural season Following the success of the first Aberdeen Concert Series, launched by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) in 2011, the two orchestras announced the details of the 2012/13 Series today (21 March). The Series offers concert attenders at the Music Hall a […]

Backstage Pass to 2012:13 Season Launch Subscriber’s Event

It's a busy time for the RSNO and, with the joint launch of our new Season and our fantastic new website, we thought: what better for the first blog than a backstage pass into our 2012:13 Season subscriber's event at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. As Marketing and Development Assistant, I have watched both of […]

Peter Oundjian leads new artistic team at RSNO for 2012:13 Season

Peter Oundjian succeeds Stéphane Denève as Music Director New Principal Guest Conductor, Thomas Søndergård, also joins the team Season highlights include Shostakovich 11; a two-part American Music Festival; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Sir Andrew Davis; complete Má vlast with co-commissioned visuals; Carmina Burana; Season Finale Gala with Nicola Benedetti double bill; Walton’s Henry V with guest […]

RSNO’s New Home: New Ambitions

Project launched to deliver purpose-built Centre of Excellence for Scotland’s national orchestra The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has announced details of its proposed move to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Subject to planning approval the £14 million development will provide a world-class rehearsal space and learning centre, as well as a unique, desirable recital […]

RSNO’s most ambitious residency goes to Shetland in 2012

Scotland's national orchestra connects with Scotland's most northerly communities, from 1 to 5 March 2012 The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) embarks on its most geographically ambitious residential endeavour in the UK – Out and About in Shetland – five days of rehearsals and performances, education and community activities, and workshops and masterclasses across the […]

Children’s Classic Concerts’ festive choice for families this Christmas

Owen and Olly appear with RSNO Big Band in Edinburgh and full Orchestra in Glasgow in December Children's Classic Concerts teams up with its national orchestra once again to delight the young and young-at-heart with fast-paced, energetic presentations to bring in the festive season. Christmas Swingalong: Sunday 4 December 2011, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh Christmas […]

Phil and Aly’s anniversary celebrated at RSNO’s St Andrew’s Party

Traditional musicians Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain celebrate 25 years performing Scottish traditional music icons Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, this year, celebrate 25 years performing music together and invite friends including singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean to join them onstage for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's (RSNO) A St Andrew's Party, on Saturday 26 November at […]

RSNO appoints new Principal Second Violin

Scottish Ensemble member Xander Van Vliet joins Scotland's national symphony orchestra The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed 31 year-old Dutch musician Xander Van Vliet as its Principal Second Violin. Xander joins from the Scottish Ensemble, where he has been Principal Second Violin since April 2010. He will continue to work with the Scottish […]

Thomas Søndergård joins RSNO Artistic Team

Orchestra reprises Principal Guest Conductor position for celebrated Dane The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed 42-year-old Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as its next Principal Guest Conductor. The position is for an initial three years from the start of the 2012:13 Season and will require Thomas to lead the Orchestra in three programmes a […]

RSNO leads industry in musicians’ and staff development

Paul Hamlyn Foundation awards Orchestra over £200,000 for three-year CPD programme The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is to design and implement a new professional development programme for its 112 musicians and professional staff, thanks to a £212,725 award from one of the UK's most recognised philanthropic organisations, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF). The RSNO's […]

RSNO appoints new Principal Cello

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed 26-year old Belarusian musician Aleksei Kiseliov as its new Principal Cello. Aleksei recently completed his studies with Raphael Wallfisch as part of his Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music, which was supported by the Richard Carne Trust, the Orpheus Foundation and the Royal College […]

Vice President of EMI A&R joins RSNO Board

Grammy-winning producer Andrew Cornall will serve on the Board of Directors from September 2011 One of the UK's most respected producers and arts administrators has accepted an invitation to join the governing board of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Andrew Cornall, who is currently recording company EMI Classics' Vice President, Artists and Repertoire, brings […]

Magical Day at Rachel House with RSNO

A themed 'Magical' music event was held at Rachel House Children's Hospice on Friday (19 August) with musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and representatives from The Miller Group. The event – for 40 children, young adults and their families who visit the hospice – included participatory games using singing, body percussion and […]

Orchestra’s Friday-feeling Boléro busk

RSNO out of concert zone with surprise Glasgow Airport performances The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) traded the concert hall for airport check-in on Friday 12 August, when forty of Scotland's foremost professional musicians presented a surprise performance to passengers and staff at one of Scotland's busiest airports. The RSNO, dressed in travel clothes and […]

Northeast communities compose and prepare to perform Northlight

Community groups from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have joined together with GRAMMY Award-winning British composer Cecilia McDowall and Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen and founder / director of the annual WORD Festival Alan Spence in producing an original fifteen-minute work to open the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's (RSNO) first concert of […]