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 […]

Game of Thrones star tells frosty fable

Scottish actor Daniel Portman narrates Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman for RSNO’s Christmas Concerts Daniel Portman, famously known for portraying Podrick Payne in the hit HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones, will make his Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) debut next month, narrating the classic story of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, as part of this year’s RSNO […]

Children’s Classic Concerts and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra present individual festive offerings in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Christmas Countdown Sunday 4th December 2016, 1pm & 3pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall & Christmas Swingalong Sunday 11th December 2016, 3pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh   Percussionist paragons Owen and Olly are back, with a separate seasonal show for each city. Two distinct programmes, personalities and prop bags – but both packed with festive fun.   […]

Appsolutely revolutionary concerts for primary schools

New interactive app, audience-controlled composition and new work about Sauchiehall Street featured in Scottish Orchestra’s latest concerts for primary school pupils The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) new concerts for primary schools merge a live orchestral music experience with technology and gaming. Five sold-out performances of RSNO 360 Live, which runs from Tuesday 22 November […]

Young composers vie for national prize

Composition competition for 12-18 year olds in partnership with National Trust for Scotland The third annual national competition for 12-18 year-olds, Notes from Scotland, invites applications from the countries’ budding composers. In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland and as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s […]

A Conflict of Interests

A blog by Benjamin Graves, RSNO Composers’ Hub 2016:17 When one thinks of war music it is usually the descriptive nature of the pieces themselves that comes to mind: an incessant “andante marziale” or absurdist scherzo. What one doesn’t immediately think of – in comparison to, say, the war poets – is how directly conflict […]

RSNO Composers’ Hub participants for 2016:17

Scotland’s national orchestra welcomes five emerging composers to second nurturing initiative Five emerging UK composers have been selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub, the second annual initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers. Ailie Robertson, Robert Allan, Benjamin Graves, Philip Ashworth and […]

Children’s Concerts celebrate the imagination of Roald Dahl

Children’s Classic Concerts and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra present a gloriumptous celebration of the cherished author’s epic imagination “We are the music makers… we are the dreamers of dreams.” Roald Dahl Saturday 29th October 2016, 3.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Sunday 30th October 2016, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh Mischief makers Owen and Olly have […]

Get Yer Phones Out!

Open Rehearsal with Benedetti and the RSNO The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), Music Director Peter Oundjian and soloist Nicola Benedetti invite you to join them for the final rehearsal of the RSNO’s opening concert of the 2016:17 Season, at the RSNO Centre, on Thursday 6 October, from 1.30pm until 2.30pm. Date: Thursday 6 October, […]

RSNO wins Latin GRAMMY® nomination

Best Classical Album of the Year nomination for RSNO recording of works of American composer Samuel Adler The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has received a Latin Grammy® Award nomination, announced yesterday (Wednesday 21 September), for its recent recording of the orchestral works of German-born American composer Samuel Adler. Conducted by the multiple award-winning Uruguayan […]