‘For me, personally, music has been a way to inspire others,’ says Randall Goosby – and that’s just one reason why we’re delighted to have this young American violinist as Artist in Residence. He’s the perfect performer for Mendelssohn’s magical Violin Concerto. Plus, Thomas Søndergård brings all his energy to the First Symphony by Lera Auerbach – a tale of love, death and impossible dreams, from a composer who believes that ‘every concert is about being transformed.’

In Edinburgh we open with Debussy’s sensuous Prélude, and in Glasgow, Associate Artist Kellen Gray conducts a surprise opener featuring Randall Goosby and young musicians from Glasgow Instrumental Music Services.