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 this year’s RSNO Christmas Concerts.

The Orchestra takes its popular RSNO Christmas Concerts – now firmly ensconced as a traditional seasonal event – to the Music Hall, Aberdeen (Thursday 18 December, 7.30pm); the Caird Hall, Dundee (Friday 19 December, 7.30pm); the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday 20 December, 2.00pm & 6.00pm), and to the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Sunday 21 December, 3.00pm). Led by conductor Christopher Bell, the Orchestra will perform Howard Blake’s iconic soundtrack synchronised with the screening of the animated film, with vocal soloists for the famous ballad Walking in the Air drawn from the RSNO’s own Junior Chorus. The concerts also feature well-known festive musical favourites, audience participation, the voices of the RSNO Chorus or Junior Chorus, and a few surprises.

Blythe Duff:
"It will be a joy to work with the RSNO again. Our paths have crossed many times over the years. I’ve also enjoyed working with the extremely talented conductor Christopher Bell in the past, so I’m very much looking forward to these concerts. The Snowman is such a wonderful tale, and to narrate the story along with the animation and full symphonic backing will be a memorable experience.

Following 2014’s festivities, on Friday 2 January 2015 the Orchestra welcomes audiences to a new year at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, for the matinee performance of Handel’s Messiah (3.00pm), with historical performance exponent Laurence Cummings joined onstage by soprano Sophie Bevan, mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson, tenor Allan Clayton, baritone George Humphreys and the RSNO Chorus.

To round off the seasonal programming, RSNO Assistant Conductor Jean-Claude Picard and soprano Natalya Romaniw present Viennese Gala at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (Saturday 3 January, 7.30pm); the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm (Sunday 4 January, 7.30pm); at Perth Concert Hall (Wednesday 7 January, 7.30pm), and at Eden Court, Inverness (Thursday 8 January, 8.00pm). For more information please visit www.rsno.org.uk.