Benedetti and RSNO post open invitation

Peter Oundjian and Nicola Benedetti


Nicola Benedetti and Scotland's national orchestra welcome guests to their rehearsal to mark the start of a new Season

Scotland's national orchestra and the nation's cherished violinist Nicola Benedetti invite their supporters to join them in rehearsal to celebrate the start of a new orchestral Season.


Scotland's orchestral season begins in earnest in October, when the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) opens 2017:18 with concerts in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, featuring soloist Nicola Benedetti.


To celebrate, and to mark the first concerts of Peter Oundjian's final Season as RSNO Music Director, Peter, Nicola and the Orchestra invite their supporters to join them at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow from 1.30pm to 2.30pm to witness the musicians preparing for the opening concerts. During the rehearsal, Nicola Benedetti and the RSNO will perform Elgar's Violin Concerto, considered one of the most technically demanding violin concertos of the 20th century.


In contrast to the etiquette expected of attendees of orchestral concerts, visitors to this rehearsal will be encouraged to participate in social media activity, using the method of their choice. Audience members will be able to converse in real time across various social media platforms, including Facebook (@royalscottishnationalorchestra, @NicolaBenedettiViolin); Twitter (@rsno, @NickyBenedetti) and Instagram (@officialrsno) using the hashtag #OpenRSNO.


Those interested in attending the Social Media Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 4 October (1.30-2.30pm) are asked to email their request to before 5.30pm on Tuesday 3 October.

Spaces are limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Applicants' names will be added to a guest list and attendees are requested to check-in at the ticket desk, located near the box office at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.


The RSNO opens its 2017:18 Season this week at the Caird Hall, Dundee (Thursday 5 October), the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Friday 6 October) and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday 7 October). The programme features the Scottish premiere of Gavin Higgins' Velocity, Elgar's Violin Concerto and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.


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New Associates for the RSNO

Associate Principal Horn Andrew McLean and Associate Principal Oboe Peter Dykes

Scotland's national orchestra appoints Peter Dykes as Associate Principal Oboe and Andrew McLean as Associate Principal Horn

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has appointed two Associate Principals, recent Royal Conservatoire of Scotland alumnus Andrew McLean as Associate Principal Horn and former New Zealand Symphony Orchestra musician Peter Dykes as Associate Principal Oboe.

Andrew, originally from Dunoon in Argyll & Bute, first picked up a brass instrument at the age of ten.  During his school years Andrew performed with the West of Scotland Schools Orchestra, and benefitted from the RSNO's side-by-side scheme, playing alongside professional members of the Orchestra. He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) Junior Department in Glasgow under the tuition of former RSNO Principal Horn Maurice Temple and then went on to study his Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Performance at the RSAMD/RCS, receiving lessons from Hugh Potts, David Flack and the current Head of Brass (a previous third horn of the RSNO), John Logan.

Peter, who is originally from North Yorkshire, graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), having studied under former RSNO Principal Oboe Stephane Rancourt and former RSNO Principal Cor Anglais Stephen West, graduating in 2000. During this time, he made regular guest appearances with the RSNO and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Peter was a member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, which toured extensively in Europe and North America. He has also made concerto performances with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Peter's previous orchestral positions include Solo Oboe with the Slovenia National Theatre Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Principal Oboe with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand, and Associate Principal Oboe with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

RSNO Associate Principal Horn Andrew McLean: "I am delighted to become a full time member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  I have been attending RSNO concerts since I started playing the horn - I am now thrilled to be a part of, not only a great section, but a fantastic orchestra."

Former RSNO Associate Principal Horn and now RCS Head of Brass, John Logan: "I taught Andrew for the first two years of his time at the RCS. We first met while I was still with the RSNO, when we performed side-by-side with the West of Scotland Schools Orchestra. He was always regarded as a hard-working individual, who was prevalent playing principal parts in the orchestra and also with the RCS' top brass ensemble. I'm so happy that he is now in the job that I cherished for 17 years in the RSNO and wish him every success."

RSNO Associate Principal Oboe Peter Dykes:  "I'm thrilled to have come full circle and joined the orchestra that I not only spent my formative years listening to, but also had my first professional orchestral experience with, conducted by Alexander Lazarev in 1999. Also, after spending seventeen years living overseas, it's brilliant to be back in Glasgow, my favourite city!"

RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian: "Following thorough audition and trial processes for each it became clear that Andrew and Peter were the individuals best fitted to join our ensemble. They are phenomenal musicians who have benefitted from expert tutelage from previous RSNO musicians. I very much look forward to working with them over the coming Season."

Andrew joins fellow RCS alumnus Christopher Gough who was appointed to the position of Principal Horn last year. Peter joins RSNO Principal Oboe Adrian Wilson, who was appointed to the Orchestra three years ago.

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Scottish Orchestra tells China Story

Composer Xiaogang Ye

RSNO performs two programmes featuring works by China's greatest living composer

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) presents two concerts celebrating the works of arguably China's greatest living composer in the Western classical tradition this month, when it performs the music of Xiaogang Ye to audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Heralded by the New York Times as, "One of China's leading contemporary composers..." 61 year-old Xiaogang Ye, who is also Artistic Director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival and Vice President of China's Central Conservatory of Music, is perhaps most famously known for composing the music to accompany the 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Starry Sky, performed by Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.

Xiaogang Ye's music has been described as colourful, melodious and deeply emotional. The titles of the works featured in China Story evoke the countryside and the poetic heritage of the country; Mount Emei, Scent of Green Mango, and The Song of Sorrow and Gratification. In the spirit of partnership and connection with nature the programme also includes a work from one of the UK's greatest composers, Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.

The Orchestra will be led by frequent RSNO collaborator, Hungarian conductor Gilbert Varga, and will be joined by multiple prize-winning pianist Wan Jieni; Lu Wei, Concertmaster of Deutsches Symphony Orchester Berlin; 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World winner Shenyang; and acclaimed percussionist Hu Shengnan.

 Xiaogang Ye, composer: "My story is part of the Chinese story and now I will bring this story to Scotland. I hope that through music, a universal language, I can show the world the fascinating culture of modern China."

While taking the root form of Western symphonic music, Ye's compositions also contain many typically Chinese influences, such as the use of Zheng, a traditional string instrument.

The RSNO has developed a significant connection with China. In addition to inviting many of its top soloists to perform in Scotland, including Lang Lang, the Orchestra made its first visit to China in 2012/13, has recorded two albums of the works of celebrated composer Ge Gan-Ru, and has also made two recordings with pianist Xiayin Wang. In addition, the RSNO has been invited to make a return visit to China in 2018/19.

The RSNO performs China Story to audiences at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 29 September and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 30 September. Both performances start at 7.30pm.

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RSNO appoints two senior managers

New Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler and Director of Finance and Corporate Services Angela Moreland

Scotland's national orchestra welcomes new Directors of Finance and Corporate Services and Artistic Planning

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed two new members to its Senior Management Team. Associate Leader of the Orchestra Bill Chandler becomes RSNO Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement, and Angela Moreland joins as the new Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

Bill Chandler joined the RSNO in 1996 as Associate Leader but recently shared his performing responsibilities with the artistic direction of the organisation's Learning and Engagement programme. Following a formal recruitment process which resulted in the organisation receiving applications from across the globe for the new role, Bill was selected and will now lead the team responsible for the planning and implementation of the Orchestra's own-promoted performances and Learning and Engagement activities.

Angela Moreland, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, joins as Director of Finance from Scottish charity Sense Scotland, where she has been Head of Finance for the past seven years. Prior to this Angela worked for ten years as the Finance Manager for Erskine Hospital.

RSNO Chief Executive Dr Krishna Thiagarajan: "After over two decades leading and co-leading the RSNO, as well as participating in learning and engagement initiatives too numerous to mention, Bill accepted the offer and will use his considerable knowledge and experience to drive the strategic change of the organisation. More than ever, there is an identified requirement for the removal of divisions between the planning of our performance and community work, and Bill is absolutely the ideal person to drive this forward, unite our planning and deliver greater cohesiveness across our diverse activity.

"We also prepare to welcome Angela Moreland as our new Director of Finance, who has a breadth of experience in the charity and commercial sector and whom I'm confident will become an integral part of our busy team."

Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler: "I am so excited about this new opportunity. I am looking forward to playing a new role and bring my 22 years of experience with the RSNO to the challenge of mapping out the artistic direction of this great orchestra. I am particularly excited about the  opportunity to bring the considerable outreach activity of the RSNO directly into the heart of the Orchestra's planning, enabling us to reach even more people across the country. Watch this space as the RSNO goes from strength to strength."

RSNO Director of Finance and Corporate Services Angela Moreland: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to work for such a prestigious organisation. I am sure that my skills and previous experience will add to the success of the RSNO and continue the excellent work of my predecessor."

Bill Chandler's new role combines the positions of Artistic Director of Learning and Engagement - previously held by Bill - and that of Executive Producer, recently vacated by Manus Carey, who left earlier this year following his appointment as Director of Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. Angela Moreland succeeds Kenneth Osborne, who accepted a senior management role with The Robertson Trust in July.

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Poll position for podium apprentices

Five year-old Elizabeth Gingras from Toronto giving clear instruction to members of the RSNO

Two passengers win orchestra approval for first-time conducting at Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport was brought to life with the sound of music from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) yesterday morning (Thursday 31 August) as the 50-strong ensemble and RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson entertained passengers passing through Scotland's busy transport hub.

The Orchestra performed two 40-minute concerts and during each set five lucky passengers were invited to take to the podium for their first time in charge of a professional symphony orchestra. The first-time conductors were marked for their natural ability and precise direction by four members of the Orchestra's woodwind section.

Earlier in the week Glasgow Airport had run an online poll to determine which piece of music airport users would like to conduct, with the traditional Scottish Eightsome Reels - an international tour encore favourite with the RSNO - coming top.

Unsurprisingly, the apprentice conductors hailed from different international locations, including a young brother and sister from Toronto competing against each other, a young man from Minneappolis and another from Holland. A further participant was embarking on a world-wide trip, attempting to visit every accessible country, with Scotland his first port-of-call. But it was Julian from Cambridge - who was returning home - and Callum from Scotland who was going on holiday - who won the panel's hearts and who each made off with a £100 gift voucher prize, donated by Glasgow Airport.

RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson: "Performing at the airport was an absolutely joyful experience. Not many expect to be confronted by a full-size professional orchestra after they check in, and to see the look on passengers' faces was very gratifying. It was also a pleasure to welcome our novice maestri to the podium to give their interpretation of a traditional Scottish classic. We had some fantastic -  and very brave -  people taking part, who were in the running for some very generous prizes from Glasgow Airport. I also loved hearing everyone's travel stories and knowing we were helping to create a once in a lifetime start to some people's journeys. Huge congratulations to all who gave it a go and thanks to Glasgow Airport for inviting us to close their Best of Scotland campaign."

Scotland's other national ensemble, the Scotland Football Team, was travelling through the airport on its way to Lithuania for the Group F World Cup qualifier on Friday, and the people's choice of music, Eightsome Reels, appeared to be an appropriate send-off.

Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing and Development at Glasgow Airport: "The Royal Scottish National Orchestra's annual performance is one of the highlights of the year for both the terminal team and of course our passengers.

"A performance from the country's national orchestra is the perfect way to bring to a close what has been a fantastic Best of Scotland campaign."

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Scottish International Piano Competition

2017 Scottish International Piano Competition participants with Glasgow's Lord Provost Eva Bolander at Glasgow City Chambers

1-10 SEPTEMBER 2017


23 pianists from 15 countries arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday evening to take part in the Scottish International Piano Competition which runs from Friday 1 September until Sunday 10 September with the concerto finals with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). They were welcomed at a Civic Reception given by the Lord Provost of Glasgow at the City Chambers.

The preliminary rounds take place in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 1 -  4 September, and the semi-finals taking place there on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September.  The final at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is held on Sunday 10 September at 3.00pm.

The Scottish International Piano Competition, which takes place every three years, is further delighted to announce a new media partnership for 2017 with Classic FM, the UK's favourite classical music radio station.

Through Classic FM, these talented young musicians' performances will reach as wide an audience as possible on air and via Classic FM's online exclusive content.

Classic FM's 5.8 million listeners will have the exclusive chance to hear the final form the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, shortly after the competition.  The programme will feature three concertos performed by the finalists with the RSNO under Thomas Søndergård.  Classic FM will also share social media videos featuring some of the pianists via their Facebook page and on

As well as supporting the work of young musicians and composers, Classic FM has introduced an entirely new audience to classical music with a significant rise in the number of listeners under 25 in recent years.

Classic FM celebrates its 25th birthday on 7 September, and is marking the occasion with a series of events around the UK.

Conduct becoming at Glasgow Airport

l-r RSNO musicians Susannah Lowdon (Violin) and Lance Green (Trombone) with British Airways check in staff Linda Friel

Passengers invited to lead Scotland's national orchestra at Glasgow's busy transport hub

Glasgow Airport will be asking its passengers to conduct themselves with flair and élan on Thursday morning, when the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) invites willing journey-makers to take to the podium and lead the ensemble in their chosen tune.

Scotland's national orchestra will be performing at the transport hub at 10.00am on Thursday 31 August and are asking all those passing through the airport to voice their interest in conducting the 50-strong ensemble through social media prior to the big day. RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson will be on hand to give guidance to the budding baton-wielders.

Glasgow Airport will be hosting a poll on its Facebook page to pick the piece of music to be performed by the RSNO that ten lucky passengers will get to conduct. The choices will be: Overture from Rossini's William Tell (Theme from The Lone Ranger); Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (theme from The Apprentice) and Scottish ceilidh favourite Eightsome Reels.

RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson: "There's nothing to compare with the thrill of leading a large professional orchestra playing the music you love. It's my pleasure to invite passengers to take my place on the podium and bring one of Scotland's busiest international gateways to life with the sound of music."

Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing and Development at Glasgow Airport: "The Royal Scottish National Orchestra's annual performance is one of the highlights of the year for both the terminal team and of course our passengers.

"A performance from the country's national orchestra is the perfect way to bring to a close what has been a fantastic Best of Scotland campaign."

In addition to conducting one of the world's most famous orchestras, participants will each receive a goodie bag courtesy of Glasgow Airport and the RSNO, and the apprentice conductor deemed the most proficient will win vouchers to spend in the airport's retail and catering outlets.

Passengers and visitors to Glasgow Airport who wish to register their interest in conducting the Orchestra on Thursday should do so via the RSNO's Facebook (@royalscottishnationalorchestra), Twitter (@RSNO), Instagram (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) accounts or by informing a member of Glasgow Airport staff before 9.30am on the day. There are a limited number of opportunities to conduct the Orchestra so places will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

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New Conducting Fellow for the RSNO Chorus

Sir Alexander Gibson Conducting Fellow Abigail Kitching

Abigail Kitching joins in the Chorus' 175th anniversary year

22 year-old Abigail Kitching has been appointed as the next Sir Alexander Gibson Conducting Fellow, the year-long choral training post for emerging choral conductors.

Abigail graduates with a degree in Music from the University of Manchester this month, where she is also the Musical Director of the chamber choir Ad Solem as well as a student conductor for the Manchester University Chorus and The Cosmo Singers.

The Sir Alexander Gibson Memorial Fellowship is open to choral conductors interested in furthering their experience of choral conducting and is the only initiative of its type in the UK. The Fellowship offers the successful candidate the unique opportunity to work at a very high level with the chorus of Scotland's National Orchestra and its Chorus Director.

The fellowship will involve attendance at a significant number of RSNO Chorus rehearsals. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in Glasgow and the specific number of rehearsals at which attendance is required will be decided at the discretion of the Chorus Director. Abigail will also attend all conductor's piano rehearsals, orchestral rehearsals and performances of the RSNO Chorus for one season from September to June. She will also have the opportunity to observe and work with the RSNO Junior Chorus.

RSNO Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer: "The Gibson Fellowship is a crucial part of the RSNO Chorus' identity and has over the years provided many young choral conductors with the rare opportunity of working with a Symphony chorus.  We had a wonderfully high level of applicants this year and saw some fantastic auditions but it was Abi's exciting potential and overwhelming passion for choral conducting and choral music that made her the obvious candidate for the Fellowship.  I am greatly looking forward to working with her over the coming year and supporting her growth and development. "

Newly-appointed Sir Alexander Gibson Conducting Fellow Abigail Kitching: "I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to be given the opportunity to work so closely with Gregory Batsleer and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. I'm sure the coming year will be a great experience, giving me the chance to grow and learn from the RSNO community. I can't wait to get started!"

Formed as the Glasgow Choral Union in 1843, the RSNO Chorus is the longest continuously operational performing arts organisation in Scotland. In 2017/18 the Chorus and Orchestra will mark the occasion by staging Leonard Bernstein's MASS as well as his Chichester Psalms, Brahms' A German Requiem, and Holst's The Planets.

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Call for UK composers to join RSNO

Scottish orchestra's third annual nurturing initiative for composers in the early stages of their careers

RSNO Composers' Hub mentor Stuart MacRae

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) today (Tuesday 11 July) launches the third annual initiative to develop the talents of emerging composers, RSNO Composers' Hub.

Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the bespoke scheme is an opportunity for a group of composers to write for orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, as well as acquire an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

Up to five emerging composers will be chosen to join RSNO Composers' Hub and spend the 2017:18 Season with the Orchestra. Each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra and the scheme will culminate in a public workshop at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, April 2018, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO during its 2018:19 Season.

RSNO Composers' Hub also provides opportunities to develop meaningful collaborations with the RSNO and the other hub members over a sustained period and to get to know the Orchestra, staff and its audience, receiving guidance from different artistic and business areas.

Award-winning composer and Composers' Hub mentor Stuart MacRae: As an emerging composer, it can be a very big challenge to get your music played by a professional orchestra; but in order to develop approaches to orchestral music, composers need time to collaborate with an orchestra, and the support to try out ideas. As well as writing a new short piece for the orchestral workshop there are opportunities to engage with the RSNO's Learning and Engagement team, and to learn more about the running of the organisation. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic emerging composers of any age, based in the UK, to take part in this exciting scheme."

RSNO Composers' Hub aims to give support to Scottish and UK-wide composers, and to provide the creative space for them to explore and develop. The breadth of the scheme will also mean it is an opportunity for our audiences to extend their knowledge of contemporary music and the compositional process.

Previous RSNO Composers' Hub participant Daniel Kidane, whose work Zulu has been selected to be premiered at the RSNO's 2017:18 Season concerts on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November: "I'm very much looking forward to further collaborating with the RSNO and hearing my piece Zulu come to life in their 2017:18 Season. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Conductor Holly Mathieson and the energetic RSNO, who did a grand job of work-shopping five excitingly unique new pieces. Such opportunities are vital for younger composers and I'm glad that the RSNO is embarking on its third year of this wonderful scheme."

Composers must submit a CV, one-page letter explaining why they would make a suitable candidate for RSNO Composers' Hub, and two examples of own compositions (preferably at least one for full orchestra), with scores and sound samples via email only to the RSNO's Executive Assistant Joanna Chiang at The closing date for applications is Friday 11th August at 5.00pm.

From October 2017 the RSNO presents the final Season of Peter Oundjian's tenure as Music Director, opening the Scottish première of Gavin Higgins' Velocity (in association with Resonate - a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust), Elgar's Violin Concerto with soloist Nicola Benedetti and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit

RSNO Principal Guest Conductor appointment

Elim Chan impresses musicians after this year's debut and return visit

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) welcomes Hong Kong-born Elim Chan as its next Principal Guest Conductor, succeeding Thomas Søndergård from 2018.

The Principal Guest Conductor is a member of the RSNO Artistic Team, led by the Music Director, and requires the incumbent to feature in two or more weeks of the Orchestra's Season.

Chan conducted the Orchestra for the first time in February this year, making her Scottish debut, and so impressed the musicians that it led to an immediate request for her to return less than two weeks later. Following her second appearance the RSNO requested a more formal relationship with Chan.

The critics were united in their praise following Chan's return visit, the Scotsman noting that "...the energy between the two parties is highly charged..." and The Herald observed that, "... [Chan] had all the players on their mettle."

She follows Thomas Søndergård, who was announced as the next Music Director of the RSNO in May, and former Principal Guest Conductors Marin Alsop, Gary Bertini and Paavo Berglund.

Chan, the first female winner of the London Symphony Orchestra's Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and current Dudamel Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, returned to Scotland in February to replace RSNO Conductor Laureate Neeme Järvi, who had to withdraw from his 80th birthday concerts with the Orchestra for personal reasons. Chan had made her Scottish debut with the RSNO two weeks previously, to audiences in Kirkcaldy and Musselburgh, conducting Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Symphony No4 Italian as well as Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and accompanying RSNO Principal Bass Ana Cordova as soloist in Serge Koussevitzsky's Concerto for Double Bass.

RSNO Principal Guest Conductor Designate Elim Chan: "The first moment I joined the RSNO on-stage I already felt that something unique and gratifying was about to happen. I sensed a magical connection between the musicians and me that allowed us to make music in such a natural way, and I am grateful for everyone's openness and kindness to me. I am thrilled to be a part of the RSNO Artistic Team and to explore together what's ahead!"

RSNO Chief Executive Dr Krishna Thiagarajan: "On behalf of the Orchestra I'd like to welcome Elim to the RSNO family. Her debut performance was of such chemistry that the musicians immediately called for her re-engagement. This led to an on-stage relationship that can be accurately described as inspiring and full of energy, as well as powerfully evident to the audiences. I'm excited by what this partnership will deliver for our audiences in Scotland and further afield."

Elim Chan's first Season as Principal Guest Conductor, the RSNO's 2018:19 Season, will be announced in March 2018. For more information visit