Composers’ Hub work selected for Season premiere

RSNO’s second composer nurturing initiative yields new piece to be premiered in November An emerging British composer has won the chance to have one of their latest works premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Five UK composers were selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub - the second […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New faces at the RSNO

Scotland’s national orchestra appoints new Principal Trumpet and Associate Principal First Violin The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Christopher Hart as its new Principal Trumpet and Lena Zeliszewska as Associate Principal First Violin (No4). The new appointments will be in place for the start of the Orchestra’s 2016:17 Season which starts on 6/7 […]

Angelic celebration at Kelvingrove Museum

One of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions celebrates its tenth anniversary of the completion of a major refurbishment with two gala concerts featuring the award-winning US soprano Angel Blue Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s three-year £28m refurbishment was completed ten years ago this summer, and to celebrate the anniversary the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will […]

WANTED: Emerging UK-based Composers

Scotland’s national orchestra launches second annual nurturing initiative for composers in the early stages of their career The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) today (Tuesday 9 August) launches the second annual initiative to develop the talents of emerging composers, RSNO Composers’ Hub.  Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, this bespoke scheme […]

Orchestrating a Happy Birthday Bash for Glasgow Airport

Passengers invited to join the RSNO in celebrating airport’s golden Anniversary On Thursday July 28, passengers at Glasgow Airport will be invited to exercise their voices with the backing of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and accompanied by dancers from Dance House Glasgow, as the nation’s popular air terminal marks its 50th anniversary. Director […]

RSNO Chorus appoints conducting fellow

David Young recruited to Sir Alexander Gibson Memorial Fellowship for Choral Conductors Twenty-five year old David Young has been appointed as the Sir Alexander Gibson Fellow for Choral Conducting to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) for 2016:17. David will take up the appointment in the autumn. David is Choral Director of the Yehudi Menuhin […]

New Principal Horn for Scottish Orchestra

RSNO Associate Principal Horn Christopher Gough promoted to head of section The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed twenty-five year old Christopher Gough as its new Principal Horn. Christopher joined the RSNO as Associate Principal Horn last year.   Christopher, originally from Carshalton, Surrey, attended London’s Junior Royal College of Music from 2003 to […]

Young composer wins national prize

James Nicolson wins Scottish Orchestra’s national competition for composers aged 12-18 years Fellow competitor Tom Aitken’s work to be performed at the opening of Scottish Parliament in July Eighteen year old James Nicolson from Kirkwall has won Scotland’s national orchestra’s Notes From Scotland, its annual composition competition specifically for 12-18 year olds based in Scotland. […]

Orchestra performs live to Scottish-funded Oscar-winning animation

Academy Award-winning Peter and the Wolf screened with orchestral accompaniment The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) brings the Oscar-winning animated film Peter and the Wolf to Glasgow in June and will perform Prokofiev’s musical symphony for children synchronised for the first time in Scotland. On Saturday 18 June (11.00am and 2.00pm) at the RSNO’s New […]

RSNO’s Michael Devlin selected for unique experience in Los Angeles

RSNO External Relations team member to participate in a ten-day professional development seminar in Los Angeles, California.  Michael Devlin is one of thirty emerging orchestra managers from across the world that will take part in the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management – a programme that aims to provide participants with an in-depth […]

RSNO appoints new Assistant Conductor

Holly Mathieson beats over 300 applicants to join Scotland’s national orchestra for two years New Zealand conductor Holly Mathieson, currently based in the UK, has been appointed as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) new Assistant Conductor, following a recruitment process which attracted over three-hundred applicants world-wide. Holly has previously been assistant to former RSNO […]

Free Live Streamed Season Finale Concert

Scotland’s orchestra’s finale of 2015:16 Season free to view on ClassicFM.com and the STV Player The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s final concert of its 2015:16 Season, Ode to Joy, will be accessible to millions of online viewers and listeners across the globe, streamed live from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday night (28 May, […]

Birthday Cole with Scotland’s Orchestra

Broadway hit-maker Cole Porter’s birthday marked with substantial survey of songbook 20th century musical monolith Cole Porter would have been 125 this month, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), sharing in common this anniversary in 2016, will mark the occasion by performing two concerts focussing on his substantial catalogue of music for stage and […]

Young composer in Season Finale

Lillie Harris’ new composition wins vote of RSNO Composers’ Hub panel A twenty-two year old composer has won the opportunity to have her music performed as part of the final concerts of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Season. Lillie Harris, one of five members of RSNO Composers’ Hub, will have her ten-minute work performed […]

Spring Rite Time for Stravinsky

Learn about, listen to and join in with Stravinsky and the RSNO this spring Seven events over two weeks focusing on one of the 20th century’s most influential composers From Sunday 24 April to Saturday 7 May the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will be under the influence of one of 20th century’s most thrilling […]

Lugansky and Prokofiev with the RSNO in 2016

Russian pianist celebrates twenty years relationship with Scotland by performing complete cycle of Prokofiev’s concertos As part of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 125th anniversary celebrations, Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky, whom The Guardian described as “…a true inheritor of a profound keyboard tradition…”, and who has a relationship with the RSNO spanning twenty years, will […]

Former Music Director Makes First Return to RSNO

Stéphane Denève re-joins Scotland’s national orchestra for the first time since 2012 Stéphane Denève, Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2005 to 2012, returns to his former orchestra for the first time as part of the ensemble’s 125th anniversary celebrations, with a typically diverse programme. Denève Returns: The Auld Alliance presents Debussy’s […]

We are 125 years young – The 2016:17 Season

Two RSNO conductors celebrating five years on the RSNO’s 125th Anniversary The third oldest continuously active professional orchestra in the UK embarks on part two of a two Season 125th anniversary celebration The 2016:17 Season will be headed by RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian, with visits from members of Orchestra’s Artistic Team; Conductor Laureate Neeme […]

EIFF and the RSNO present the UK premiere of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial with a live orchestral score

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) are delighted to present the UK Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s legendary E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, accompanied by John Williams’ iconic score performed live by the RSNO on Saturday 25 June 2016 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Tickets will go on sale Friday 5 February […]

RSNO seeks new Assistant Conductor

Global search starts for newest member of the RSNO’s Artistic Team Scotland’s national orchestra is inviting applicants for the position of RSNO Assistant Conductor, commencing in the autumn of 2016. The RSNO Assistant Conductorship is a two-year post and benefits from the continued support of the John Mather Charitable Trust. The scheme is a rare […]

New Music ensemble focus on emerging composers

Composers’ Hub members programme first Alchemy concert in Glasgow’s newest concert venue The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble, RSNO Alchemy, reconvene this Saturday to perform new works written by participants of the Orchestra’s latest forum for compositional development, the RSNO Composers’ Hub. RSNO Alchemy’s Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind will appear at the […]

Big Noise kids sneak a peek at Snowman

Aberdeen primary school kids gained VIP access to RSNO Christmas Concert with special screening of classic animation Forty children from Big Noise in Torry received privileged access to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) final rehearsal of this year’s Christmas Concert at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Thursday, courtesy of Total E&P UK Ltd. The children […]

Waterloo Road star tells seasonal tale

Award-winning Scottish actor Georgie Glen narrates Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman for RSNO’s Christmas Concerts Georgie Glen, most recently known for portraying history teacher Audrey McFall in BBC One show Waterloo Road, will make her Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) début this month, narrating the classic story of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, as part of this year’s RSNO Christmas […]

National Young Composers’ competition returns for 2015:16

Notes From Scotland, a competition for 12-18 year olds, this year in partnership with the Festival of Architecture Scotland’s national orchestra is running the second composition competition specifically for 12-18 year olds based in Scotland. In partnership with the Festival of Architecture 2016, Notes From Scotland invites young composers to write a two-minute work for […]

Owen and Olly’s Christmas Stocking

Children’s Classic Concerts and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will be packing a bumper selection of musical treats into a fabulously festive stocking in Glasgow and Edinburgh this December Saturday 5th December 2015, 1.00pm and 3.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Sunday 6th December 2015, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh   Children’s Classic Concerts’ popular percussionist presenters […]

World class music venue opens in Glasgow

Scotland’s national orchestra’s new centre unveiled following successful first performances The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has relocated to its new, purpose-built facility in Glasgow’s City Centre. The construction of a new purpose-built rehearsal and recording facility for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and a new 600 seat music venue for Glasgow was completed […]

To Absent Friends launches with RSNO concert

A festival of storytelling and remembrance TO ABSENT FRIENDS, a festival of storytelling and remembrance, launches on Thursday 29 October at 6pm with MUSIC OF MEMORIES, a special concert by school pupils alongside musicians from the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA (RSNO) at its new home in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The concert, featuring children from […]

Children’s Classic Concerts and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra present a monster opening to their new season of family concerts

Saturday 31st October 2015, 3.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Sunday 1st November 2015, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh Children’s Classic Concerts’ devilish percussionist presenters Owen and Olly will be putting their magical musical powers to good use this Halloween and inviting the audience (and orchestra!) to come dressed in their freaky finest for their latest spell-binding […]

First RSNO Composers’ Hub participants selected

Clockwise from top left: Peter Longworth; Lillie Harris; Desmond Clarke; Cameron Graham; Jay Capperauld Scotland’s national orchestra welcomes first five emerging composers to nurturing initiative Five emerging UK composers have been selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s first RSNO Composers’ Hub, a new initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the […]

Scotland’s national orchestras record Scotland-inspired works

RSNO and NYOS collaborate for new Sally Beamish recording, featuring Håkan Hardenberger, Branford Marsalis and James Crabb A new recording of orchestral music by Scotland-based composer Sally Beamish, supported by Creative Scotland, will be released on the BIS label on 25 September in the U.K., with a North American release date of 9 October, and […]

RSNO appoints new Chair

Dame Susan Bruce DBE heads the board of directors and is joined by John Heasley as Treasurer Dame Susan Bruce DBE, has been appointed as the next Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Chief Executive of Aberdeen Council from 2008 and of The City of Edinburgh Council from 2011 until earlier this year, […]

RSNO Leader Clark to step down

James Clark leaves the RSNO as Leader following five years of sterling service James Clark will step down from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) later this month after five years as co-leader. James, who is also co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, is based in Merseyside, and aims to spend more time with […]

New initiative to support emerging orchestral composers

Scotland’s national orchestra launches RSNO Composers’ Hub The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) today (18 August) launches a new initiative to develop the talents of emerging composers, RSNO Composers’ Hub.  Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, this bespoke scheme is an opportunity for a group of composers to write for the […]

RSNO promotes Assistant Conductor

  For his final year, Jean-Claude Picard becomes Associate Conductor, reflecting his contribution over 3-year term The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Canadian Assistant Conductor Jean-Claude Picard has been appointed to the position of RSNO Associate Conductor for the final year of his extended tenure with the Orchestra. The change of title reflects Picard’s developing […]

ScotRail refreshes environmentally friendly partnership with Scotland’s national orchestra

In a move to increase its usage of sustainable transport, musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will be given the opportunity to trade the car for the train when travelling to its concert venues across Scotland. ScotRail has renewed its commitment to supporting Scotland’s national orchestra in its efforts to reduce its carbon […]

Orchestra welcomes conducting apprentices

Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon conducts the Orchestra at Glasgow Airport Passengers invited to conduct Scotland’s national orchestra at Glasgow Airport RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian passes the baton to Scotland and Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon On Monday 3 August the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) performed at Glasgow Airport, presenting well-known classical favourites, […]

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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra appoints Krishna Thiagarajan as Chief Executive

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra appoints Krishna Thiagarajan as Chief Executive Dr. Thiagarajan will join Scotland’s national orchestra from the beginning of August 2015 The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Dr. Krishna Thiagarajan as its new Chief Executive. Dr. Thiagarajan joins the RSNO from the New York City-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, where he […]

Future arts professionals to run Scotland’s national orchestra

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will be taken over by forty teenagers, for a two-day work experience initiative, where the young people will plan, promote and present an orchestral concert.

First National Composing Competition final for 12-18 year olds hits Perth

RSNO’s inaugural Notes From Scotland presents five new works from young composers Scotland’s national orchestra’s first composition competition, Notes From Scotland, specifically for 12-18 year olds, culminates in world premiere performances of the five finalists’ works, on Wednesday 17 June at Perth Concert Hall. In partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, the first year’s […]

Live classical music experience for Scotland’s under-twos

Scotland’s little ones under 24 months will have the opportunity to engage with a tailor-made live theatre and classical music experience in venues across the country from the end of April.

Paisley Young People take over Scotland’s national orchestra

The RSNO and Renfrewshire Council collaborate to provide unique work experience project This October, Paisley’s young people will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to plan, programme and perform a concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Approximately sixty 15 to 24-year-olds will work with the RSNO musicians and staff across every aspect of the planning, promotion […]

John Suchet presents an evening of Beethoven

Classic FM Presenter joins Scotland’s national orchestra to share a love of the great composer Radio/TV presenter, author and journalist John Suchet, who presents the weekday morning programme on Classic FM, will step back from the microphone at the end of March to present a series of concerts in Scotland dedicated to his favourite composer, […]

125th Birthday for Scotland’s National Orchestra

125th Birthday for Scotland’s National Orchestra RSNO embarks on a two-season quasquicentennial anniversary celebration Scotland’s national orchestra, the third oldest continuously active professional orchestra in the UK, celebrates its 125th anniversary over two Seasons The RSNO moves into its new, purpose-built rehearsal, performance and recording facility, The RSNO Centre 2015:16 and 2016:17 Seasons will be […]

No Mean Festivity – Taggart Star Tells Seasonal Tale

Award-winning actor Blythe Duff narrates Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman for this season’s RSNO’s Christmas Concerts Blythe Duff, famed globally for her portrayal of Detective Inspector Jackie Reid in Scottish Television’s police drama Taggart, will join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in December, narrating the classic story of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, as part of […]

School children collaborate on cultural commemoration

Primary pupils create art and music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 On Friday 24 October over one hundred and twenty primary school children from the Glasgow area joined Scottish and Canadian orchestral musicians at the city’s Riverside Museum in a cultural commemoration of the First and Second World Wars. Musicians […]

Families invited to The Monsters’ Ball

Children’s Classic Concerts (CCC) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) present a Strictly Spooktacular opening to their new season of family concerts Both the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, will be transformed into spooky ballrooms the November, as the RSNO performs a spine-tingling selection of spectacular classics at the latest […]

RSNO appoints new Chorus Director

Gregory Batsleer will take up the post of RSNO Chorus Director from January 2015 The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Gregory Batsleer as its new Chorus Director, succeeding Timothy Dean, who stood down from the post at the end of last Season. Gregory will join the RSNO at the beginning of 2015. Gregory […]

Alchemy: Scotland’s new New Music Ensemble

RSNO’s new contemporary music group to challenge the nature of conductor, performer and composer This September the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) launches RSNO Alchemy, a new music ensemble, developed in conjunction with composer/conductor Peter Wiegold, with a mission to explore new works, methods of performance, improvisation and collaboration. RSNO Alchemy will work with contemporary […]

Brewin Dolphin supports Orchestra’s Museum Concert Series

UK Wealth Management group proud to sponsor RSNO’s September Kelvingrove Art Gallery concerts Brewin Dolphin, one of the UK’s leading providers of personalised wealth management services, has joined as title sponsor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Kelvingrove concert series for 2014. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which houses one of Europe’s great civic art […]

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 […]