CBBC star Millie narrates The Snowman

Millie Innes

Millie Inbetween actor Millie Innes makes her RSNO debut telling Briggs' festive tale

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will be joined by star of the CBBC comedy series Millie Inbetween for its annual Christmas Concerts this Season, coming to Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

BAFTA Nominated Millie Innes, who recently celebrated her 17th birthday, rose to fame in 2010 performing alongside fellow Scottish actor David Tennant as his on-screen daughter in BBC One drama Single Father and with Star Trek and Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs in the Edinburgh-based BBC series Case Histories. Since 2014 Millie has starred in her own sitcom series Millie Inbetween which airs on the BBC's children's television channel CBBC.

The RSNO Christmas Concerts (sponsored by the RSNO's Transport Partner ScotRail) features the screening of Raymond Briggs' classic animation The Snowman, which marks its 35th anniversary of its first broadcast on Channel 4 this year. Millie Innes will narrate the story to the film with live symphonic accompaniment, led by conductor Christopher Bell.

The RSNO Christmas Concert is also filled with seasonal favourites, carols and the chance for the audience to join in with the Orchestra and Chorus. The Herald's Music Critic Michael Tumelty gave last year's Christmas Concert five stars out of five and described it as, "...one of the best of such shows I have devoured with delight..."

RSNO Christmas Concert narrator Millie Innes: "I'm so excited to be working with the RSNO and it's a great honour to be involved in this Christmas classic.  The Snowman is a such a lovely story and something we can all enjoy as a family. I also look forward to collaborating with conductor Christopher Bell, who, I'm told, knows how to throw a great Christmas party!"

The RSNO Christmas Concert appears at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday 20 December (7.30pm), the Caird Hall, Dundee on Thursday 21 December (7.30pm), the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 22 December (7.30pm) and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 23 December (2.00pm & 6.00pm).

The RSNO's Festive Season continues at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with its new year matinee performance of Handel's Messiah, on Tuesday 2 January 2018 (3.00pm) with the RSNO Chorus, who celebrate their 175th anniversary in 2018. Nicholas Kraemer conducts and is joined by soprano Julia Doyle, countertenor Reginald Mobley, tenor Nicholas Mulroy and baritone Benjamin Bevan.

The RSNO and its Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson are accompanied by soprano Soraya Mafi for its Viennese Gala, which visits the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm on Friday 5 January (7.30pm), the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on Saturday 6 January (7.30pm), the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (7.30pm) on Wednesday 10 January and the Albert Halls, Stirling on Thursday 11 January (7.30pm).

To book tickets or for more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.

Award-winning vocalists join Phil and Aly for St Andrew's Party

Josie Duncan and Emily Smith

Scots Singer of the Year award winner Emily Smith and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Josie Duncan join Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain for RSNO performance on Saturday

Scottish traditional music icons Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain invite friends including multiple award-winning singer Emily Smith and 2017 winner of BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award Josie Duncan to join them onstage for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's (RSNO) St Andrew's Party, on Saturday 25 November at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

This year's St Andrew's Party (sponsored by Capital Document Solutions) will feature songs including Mauchline Belles, Irish Beauty, Kid on the Mountain, Sophie's Lullaby, Flatwater Fran and Cathcart. Josie Duncan will perform We Will be Free from Phil Cunningham's Highlands and Islands Suite and The Midlothian Miners' Song. Emily Smith's set includes Robert Burns' songs Silver Tassie, Ae Fond Kiss and Adoon Windin Nith.

Phil and Aly have been performing together for over thirty years and have been marking the week of the feast of Scotland's national saint in concert with the RSNO since 2001. This year, conductor and arranger John Logan, also Head of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, marks his tenth year leading the RSNO for the celebrations, sharing the anniversary with guitarist and singer Jenn Butterworth, who has accompanied Phil, Aly and the RSNO since 2007.

Traditional musician Phil Cunningham MBE: "It's that time of year again and Aly and I are very excited to take to the stage with the RSNO for another St Andrew's party. As usual, we are delighted to welcome our guest singers for the night. This year we welcome back the wonderful vocal talents of Emily Smith and for the first time, BBC Radio 2 folk award winner, Josie Duncan. We'll also be joined again by a selection of students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and of course the one and only Jenn Butterworth on guitar. We're really looking forward to a great night of music and fun."

2017 BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award winner Josie Duncan: "I can't think of a better way to spend St Andrew's night than to celebrate Scottish music with such wonderful musicians. I'm really looking forward to revisiting Phil Cunningham's Highlands and Islands Suite after being lucky enough to perform it at last year's Celtic Connections, on the same lovely stage. I'm also humbled and excited to be performing music from my project which pairs coal mining songs with brass accompaniment."

Scots Singer of the Year award winner Emily Smith: "I'm delighted to be part of this year's RSNO St Andrews party with Aly & Phil. It's sure to be a memorable evening and an honour to sing with the RSNO. I've known Phil and Aly for many years now.  It's always a treat to work with such fantastic musicians and entertainers."

For tickets to A St Andrew's Party on Saturday 25 November at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall contact the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Box Office on 0141 353 8000 or visit www.rsno.org.uk.

New members for RSNO Board of Directors

Clockwise from top right: Hugh Bruce-Watt; Neil McLennan; Jane Wood; Gurjit Singh Lalli

Four new members have been appointed to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's (RSNO) Board of Directors.

Jane Wood, Gurjit Singh Lalli, Neil McLennan and Hugh Bruce-Watt were co-opted to the RSNO Board of Directors at the organisation's meeting last month. Through securing leaders in their respective fields, the RSNO will strengthen its understanding of and capability in the education and learning, corporate and technology sectors.

RSNO Chair Dame Sue Bruce: "On behalf of the RSNO I would like to welcome Gurjit, Jane, Hugh and Neil to the board. The breadth and depth of their collective knowledge and experience in the business, learning and legal sectors will add tremendous strength to an already highly skilled pool of board members. This comes at a time when the RSNO expands its work on multiple fronts, including its nationwide learning and engagement initiatives, high-profile recording and international touring.

"We thank departing directors Andrew Cornall, Eric Young and Chris van der Kuyl for their tireless dedication to the success of one of Scotland's greatest arts organisations. They leave knowing that Scotland's national orchestra and associated bodies are in fine shape and well positioned to succeed in the 21st century."

Gurjit Singh Lalli Gurjit Singh Lalli is the founder and curator of TEDxGlasgow. TED is an education platform which was founded in Silicon Valley in 1984 and is now licensed globally to promote innovation and entrepreneurialism in technology, entertainment and design. TEDxGlasgow has an audience of over 9 million viewers for its talks online and works in partnership with the Scottish Government, Standard Life Aberdeen, the BBC and JP Morgan, amongst others.

Jane Wood is currently the UK Executive Director for Membership, Nations and Income Generation for Business in the Community UK (BITC). Through this role, Jane is a key advisor to HRH Prince Charles in BITC, his Responsible Business Charity. Jane brings experience of retail, marketing and governance and significant experience in development and income generation.

Hugh Bruce-Watt is a commercial lawyer with over 30 years' experience in private practice working in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. He has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an LLB from Edinburgh University. Hugh is an articulate professional with a long career in providing complex professional services to a wide variety of commercial entities in both the public and private sectors.

Neil McLennan has held several key roles in supporting change and improvement in education. After a teaching career in the central belt he was seconded to Learning & Teaching Scotland (now Education Scotland) as a National Development Officer. After two successful secondments implementing national policy, he moved to the North East as Quality Improvement Officer (Education, Culture and Sport) for Aberdeen City Council where he also undertook a period as Acting Service Manager (Schools & Curriculum). In 2011 The Herald described Neil as, "a charismatic visionary in Scottish education."

The RSNO Board of Directors is comprised of up to eight Elected Directors, six Player Directors, Nominated Directors from chief local authorities, the Chief Executive, Company Secretary and members of the RSNO Council.

2018 promises to be a landmark year for Scotland's national orchestra. In June the RSNO will bid farewell to current Music Director Peter Oundjian and, in October, welcome former Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Søndergård as its new Music Director. Peter Oundjian will embark on his final international tour with the RSNO as Music Director in May, a five-date festival tour of Europe with soloists Nicola Benedetti. In addition, the founding organisation of the RSNO, the RSNO Chorus, celebrates its 175th anniversary and will be marked with special events, beginning with performances of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and MASS, and Holst's The Planets.

Remembrance-themed work receives World Premiere

Daniel Kidane

UK composer Daniel Kidane's Zulu receives its first performances as part of the RSNO's Remembrance Week concerts, in partnership with Poppyscotland

British composer Daniel Kidane will have his latest work premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as part of a programme to mark Remembrance Week.

Zulu, by Guildhall School of Music and Drama doctoral student Daniel Kidane has been chosen to receive its first public performances, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 10 November and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 11 November. Both concerts are presented in partnership with Scottish charity Poppyscotland, who will be holding collections following each concert.

Named after the Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa, Zulu evokes the fighting spirit of the Zulu people. Clannish regiments, known as Impi, marked their bravery and militaristic prowess in battles with invaders such as the Boer Commando and the British Empire. The nature of the piece, characterised by ever-present percussion and an unwavering drive, reflects the essence of the Zulu people.

Daniel Kidane was one of five participants of the RSNO's emerging composer nurturing initiative RSNO Composers' Hub, a rare opportunity to develop meaningful collaboration with a professional symphony orchestra over a sustained period.

RSNO Composers' Hub participant Daniel Kidane: "I'm very much looking forward to further collaborating with the RSNO and hearing my piece Zulu come to life in the 2017:18 Season. It was an absolute pleasure to work with 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 are in their second year of this wonderful scheme."

The concerts, conducted by guest conductor José Luis Gomez, making his RSNO debut in place of an indisposed Cristian Măcelaru, also present Rachmaninov's Vocalise and Piano Concerto No3 (performed by the winner of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Yekwon Sunwoo) and, in the 100th anniversary of its subject matter, the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Shostakovich's Symphony No12.

The RSNO is supporting new music with the performances of newly-commissioned and co-commissioned works including Gavin Higgins' Velocity, which opened the current Season, Sally Beamish's Whitescape, Oliver Searle's Sauchiehall, Benjamin Rimmer's Pathway and a new Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon. The Season will also feature performances of other contemporary works written in recent years. For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.

New Leader for the RSNO

RSNO Leader Sharon Roffman

 

Sharon Roffman becomes the 21st Leader of Scotland's national orchestra

North American violinist Sharon Roffman has been appointed Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Roffman will share the role with current Leader Maya Iwabuchi, who was appointed to the position in 2011. Roffman succeeds previous Leader James Clark, who departed in 2015.

Graduate of New York's Juilliard School of Music, Roffman has performed with some of the world's major symphony and chamber ensembles. In addition, she has forged an impressive career as a soloist, making her debut in 1996 with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and her Carnegie Hall debut with Itzhak Perlman performing Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins in 2004.

Roffman is an advocate of combining performance and education, and is the founder and Artistic Director of ClassNotes, a chamber ensemble dedicated to introducing school pupils to classical music through interdisciplinary school residencies and performances.

Roffman joins the RSNO as the twenty-first Leader of Scotland's national orchestra in early 2018. Her first appearance with the Orchestra was with Music Director Peter Oundjian in a programme which included the Scottish premiere of James MacMillan's Little Mass, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No2 (with soloist Nicola Benedetti) and Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, in 2016.

Roffman plays a 1776 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin from Turin and an Étienne Pajeot bow.

Newly appointed RSNO Leader Sharon Roffman: "From the first note I played with the RSNO I felt an instant camaraderie with the musicians and a common artistic vision.  I'm so excited to join the RSNO team, discover Glasgow and connect with the community here, and most of all, I'm proud to share the stage with these wonderful colleagues with whom I look forward to many moments of exhilarating music-making together!"

RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian: "Sharon is such a gifted musician and a marvellous fit for the RSNO, and I'm delighted that she has accepted the position. Her experience and tenacity will bring increased strength to our unit. Furthermore, her enthusiasm for music education is totally aligned with the RSNO's commitment to broadening the appeal of orchestral music. I very much look forward to welcoming her to the Orchestra."

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.

New members for RSNO Composers' Hub

Scotland's national orchestra welcomes five emerging composers to third nurturing initiative

Five emerging UK composers have been selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's RSNO Composers' Hub, the third annual initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers.

Anna Appleby, Daniel Figols-Cuevas, Neil Smith, Michael Cryne and Nick Morrish Rarity have been selected as the third group of participants of the scheme. They will be given the opportunity to write for the 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.

The five composers will spend the 2017:18 Season with the RSNO and during their term each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra.  The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the RSNO Centre's New Auditorium in Glasgow in April 2018, conducted by RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson and led by internationally-renowned composer Gary Carpenter, Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music London, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2018:19 Season.

RSNO Composers' Hub is also an opportunity to develop a meaningful collaboration 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.

RSNO Director of Planning and Engagement Bill Chandler: "Composers' Hub is three years in and going from strength-to-strength. The success of the scheme is evident from the enthusiasm expressed by previous members of the Hub and the number of applications we receive. Furthermore, it is a rare opportunity to have an emerging composer's work performed by a professional symphonic ensemble.

We welcome Gary Carpenter, who joins as mentor, to share his vast knowledge and experience with this year's group and to help select a work from our participants to be performed by the RSNO."

Composer and Composers' Hub mentor for 2017:18, Gary Carpenter: "I am excited and honoured to have been invited to mentor these gifted young professionals on the RSNO Composers' Hub, one of the most important and vital opportunities available to young composers in the UK today."

Lillie Harris, who was one of the first participants of Composers' Hub and who received the opportunity to have her work performed at the RSNO's 2015:16 Season finale: "It has been a real honour to have been part of Composers' Hub - the people and performers of the RSNO have all been incredibly welcoming and generous. The amount of practical workshop time the RSNO gave all five of us feels unprecedented, and I know I have grown so much as a composer as a result."

To apply for RSNO Composers' Hub, applicants were invited to submit a CV, a one-page letter explaining why the scheme would be suitable, and two examples of their own compositions (preferably at least one for full orchestra), with scores and sound samples.

This month the RSNO began its 2017:18 Season, opening with the Scottish premiere of UK composer Gavin Higgins' Velocity. Last year's Composers' Hub participant Daniel Kidane earned the chance to have one of his compositions, Zulu, premiered by the RSNO in November, as part of the programme marking Remembrance Week, in association with Poppy Scotland. The current Season will also feature performances of other contemporary works, including the Scottish premiere of John Harbison's Double Concerto, Wolfgang Rihm's Duo Concerto, Sally Beamish's Whitescape, Oliver Searle's Sauchiehall, Judith Weir's Still, Glowing, and the premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Tuba Concerto, performed by RSNO Principal Tuba John Whitener.

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.

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 OpenRehearsal@rsno.org.uk 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.

 

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.

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.

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.

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.

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.

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.

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.