Commonwealth gold medallist conducts Orchestra at Glasgow Airport

Scottish Judo Champion Sarah Clark led Scotland’s national orchestra and chorus for a performance of Flower of Scotland

Sarah Clark, who won one of Scotland’s first gold medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games, led the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and members of the RSNO Chorus in a rendition of The Corries’ Flower of Scotland at Glasgow Airport earlier today (Friday 1 August).

Sarah, who won gold in Judo in the under-63kg division, was invited by the Orchestra to conduct the anthem which has accompanied the awarding of fourteen Scottish gold medals so far at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth Games Scotland - who select, prepare and manage Scotland’s team for the Commonwealth Games - commissioned the RSNO to provide recorded instrumental versions of the nation’s unofficial anthem Flower of Scotland, to be played at the Glasgow 2014 medals ceremonies in the event of Scottish success.

Scottish Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sarah Clark:

I had a fantastic morning today, conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra when they played the national anthem at the airport. I was very nervous once the Orchestra began playing but it was really fun and an experience I will remember for a long time. The sound was absolutely amazing.

Two performances to celebrate the conclusion of the XX Commonwealth Games were held at Glasgow Airport on Friday 1 August. Performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and members of the RSNO Chorus, one of Scotland’s busiest transport terminals will host over 100 musicians, featuring music with a sporting theme.

As part of the Airport’s Best of Scotland event, the RSNO and Chorus entertained travellers and with well-known sporting themes, from Vangelis’ Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire theme, Bill Conti’s chart-topping Theme from Rocky, and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The performances took place at 9.45am and 1.00pm, with the Orchestra led by the RSNO’s French-Canadian Assistant Conductor, Jean-Claude Picard.

RSNO Assistant Conductor Jean-Claude Picard:

It was a memorable experience returning to Glasgow Airport to provide appropriate musical accompaniment to the many visitors who will have joined us for the Commonwealth Games, and a privilege to be able to say thank you in our own special way. And to have Sarah join us for the morning was a wonderful surprise.

Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport:

Over the past few weeks, Glasgow Airport has served as the gateway to the games, and it has been a privilege to welcome thousands of athletes and their teams from across the Commonwealth. Throughout this busy period, Glasgow Airport will be the first and last impression visitors will have of Scotland, and the RSNO’s live performance helps to ensure thousands of passengers take away some very special memories of Scotland with them.

This special performance from the RSNO was part of our Best of Scotland campaign, which in addition to creating a bit of theatre around the airport, aims to showcase everything that is great about Scottish culture. It gives all visitors, including Commonwealth athletes, one more special memory of Scotland to take home with them.

The Orchestra will be performing two concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival this year, presenting a gala celebration, Brewin Dolphin presents Music at the Museum at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September. The RSNO’s 2014:15 Season opens with Oundjian Conducts Scheherazade, at the Music Hall, Aberdeen on Thursday 2 October, Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 3 October and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 4 October. For more information please visit www.rsno.org.uk.