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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Millions enjoy anniversary celebrations on Classic FM

RSNO performances to be broadcast on the UK’s favourite classical music radio station

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 […]

Sing for Scotland!

Scotland’s National Orchestra’s vocal ensemble is now recruiting for new members The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is inviting applicants to join the nation’s historic vocal ensemble. Originally named the Glasgow Choral Union, which made the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in the country, the RSNO Chorus is Scotland’s longest-serving performing arts ensemble. The RSNO […]