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World class music returns to Aberdeen courtesy of the RSNO and SCO Posted Wed 24 April 2024

World class music returns to Aberdeen courtesy of the RSNO and SCO
  • Nine world class concerts from Scotland’s national orchestras just announced, featuring a roster of fine international and home-grown conductors and soloists.
  • A rich mix of concerts of different styles and formats including matinee and evening concerts to suit audience preferences.
  • Fun family concerts to satisfy young concert-goers musical appetites, and their adults
  • Premieres of new works by Georgian teenager Tsotne Zédginidze and celebrated Scottish composer Helen Grime.
  • Free tickets for Under 18s and £6 tickets for Under 26s and Students.

Presented by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) the Aberdeen Concert Series has become a much-loved feature of Aberdeen’s cultural landscape. For the 2024/25 Season Aberdonians can chose from nine tempting concerts in Aberdeen’s Music Hall with programmes to suit all musical tastes.

This autumn the RSNO kicks things off with their Music Director Thomas Søndergård in a programme that features Strauss’ lively Oboe Concerto, Alfvén’s mythic Bergakungen Suite and Grieg’s iconic Peer Gynt Suites.

In November, the SCO is joined by Leeds International Piano Competition winner Eric Lu for Grieg’s timeless Piano Concerto, and conductor Ryan Bancroft brings more Nordic music flavours in the shape of Andrea Tarrodi’s Lucioles and Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony. SCO Principal Conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev, is joined by violinist Aylen Pritchin in December for Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto and bookends the programme with symphonies by Brahms and Prokofiev.

Both the RSNO and SCO offer musical treats for family audiences this Season. The RSNO’s enduringly popular Christmas Concert, sponsored by ScotRail, featuring Howard Blake’s The Snowman is bound to get you in the festive mood while the SCO’s Great Grumpy Gaboon family show will take you on a whole new musical adventure!

To start the new year, the SCO is joined by Baroque expert Rachel Podger for a delightful matinee focussing on the dancing energy of some of JS Bach’s most iconic orchestral music, with the SCO flutes taking centre stage. In March, winner of the 2023 Scottish International Piano Competition, Jonathan Mamora, joins the RSNO and conductor Lionel Bringuier for the monumental Third Piano Concerto by Rachmaninov alongside works by Farrenc and Bartók in a concert Recommended by Classic FM.

The SCO presents another matinee concert in April with the charismatic François Leleux, this time featuring works by Mozart and R Strauss, as well as the Scottish Premiere of Georgian teenager Tsotne Zédginidze’s commanding First Symphony.

The RSNO closes the Aberdeen Concert Series with night-sky-blue, an evocative programme featuring an atmospheric selection of works including the Scottish Premiere of Helen Grime’s Trumpet Concerto performed by Håkan Hardenberger.

Inspiring the next generation

Both the RSNO and the SCO are committed to providing access to their Aberdeen Concert Series concerts to the next generation of audiences. Most concerts offer free tickets to those under the age of 18 and £6 tickets for Under 26s and Students.*

* Subject to availability; seating restrictions may apply. Excludes RSNO’s Snowman (Under 26s/Mature students 50% off) and SCO’s The Great Grumpy Gaboon (Under 18s £6).

We’re thrilled to be announcing a new Aberdeen Concert Series, working with our longtime partners the RSNO and Aberdeen Music Hall. The SCO are delighted to contribute a rich and varied selection of concerts to the 2024-25 Aberdeen Season: from Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev conducting Prokofiev and Brahms to our family concert The Great Grumpy Gaboon, there’s something for everyone for enjoy across the season.’

Gavin Reid LVO, SCO Chief Executive

‘We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the SCO and bring music for all ages and tastes to the Music Hall this coming autumn. Celebrating his seventh Season as RSNO Music Director, Thomas Søndergård returns to the stage with one of our own special talents, Principal Oboe Adrian Wilson, as soloist. We also look forward to welcoming families to our much-loved Christmas Concert, featuring The Snowman on the big screen. It’s testament to the dedication of our Aberdeen Concert Series audiences that the series continues to go from strength to strength. We can’t wait to share these exciting performances with our audiences in the Music Hall.’

Alistair Mackie, RSNO Chief Executive

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