Welcome to the 2017:18 Season

We’re thrilled to bring you a Season packed with more of the music you love: Beethoven, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Shostakovich, Strauss and Mahler – they’re all there and many more in between!
Join us as the RSNO family – Music Director Peter Oundjian, Principal Guest Conductor and Music Director Designate Thomas Søndergård, Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson and the musicians of the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus and RSNO Junior Chorus – come together to play for you, live. Be there and experience the magic.

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Season Highlights

Blockbusters with Peter Oundjian
Music Director Peter Oundjian’s six blockbusting concerts will have you on the edge of your seat! Opening the Season with Stravinsky’s controversial The Rite of Spring and closing with Mahler’s powerful Ninth Symphony, join Peter and the musicians as they journey through music by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Shostakovich.

RSNO Chorus 175
Join us as we celebrate 175 years of the RSNO Chorus! Under the guidance of Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer, the RSNO Chorus is sounding better than ever. Don’t miss exciting performances of Brahms’ A German Requiem, a special pre-concert a capella performance, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Handel’s Messiah, plus Bernstein’s MASS in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

German Romantics with Søndergård
Explore the music of Brahms and R Strauss with Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Søndergård and star pianists Sunwook Kim and Kirill Gerstein across two very special concerts.

An American Festival
Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest musicians in American history, would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2018. Our two-part festival pays tribute to his magnificent music, including his amazing MASS and ever-popular Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, alongside George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Schumann Cycle with Sir Roger Norrington
We’re thrilled to invite Sir Roger Norrington to conduct all four of Schumann’s symphonies across the next two Seasons, starting with Schumann’s joyous Spring Symphony.

On the big screen
Our film series is bigger and better than ever! Don’t miss cult films Brief Encounter, Psycho and a very special evening dedicated to star of stage and screen Gene Kelly, hosted by his wife Patricia Ward Kelly.

The principal spotlight
We’re thrilled that both Principal Cello Aleksei Kiseliov and Principal Tuba John Whitener will be taking centre stage this Season. Aleksei will be performing Saint-Saën’s First Cello Concerto and John will be playing a newly commissioned Tuba Concerto by Jennifer Higdon, alongside Holst’s The Planets.

Full Season 2017:18 Listings


Bernstein 100: West Side Story

Life, liberty, and big, big tunes – American music never does anything by halves! And from the joyous shouts of the Chichester Psalms to the urban rhythms of West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein always put on one heck of a show. Cristian Macelaru conducts, and all-American piano virtuoso George Li…

Fri 27 Apr 2018, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Bernstein 100: West Side Story

In Focus: Leonard Bernstein

A 20th-century true renaissance man, Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, composer, pianist, educator, cultural ambassador and humanitarian. Join RSNO violinist Bill Chandler for a multimedia adventure into the world of America’s iconic, undisputed master of all trades. Linked to the RSNO’s birthday celebrations of Bernstein, this in-depth exploration of the…

Sat 28 Apr 2018, 2.00PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
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In Focus: Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein 100: West Side Story

Life, liberty, and big, big tunes – American music never does anything by halves! And from the joyous shouts of the Chichester Psalms to the urban rhythms of West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein always put on one heck of a show. Cristian Macelaru conducts, and all-American piano virtuoso George Li…

Sat 28 Apr 2018, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Bernstein 100: West Side Story

20th Century Chamber Masterworks

The symphonies that Shostakovich wrote during the Second World War toed the party line. To find out what he really thought, you have to hear his Second Piano Trio: a no-holds-barred musical autobiography that veers between blistering anger and frozen despair. It’s one of the greatest chamber works of the…

Sun 29 Apr 2018, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
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20th Century Chamber Masterworks

Hebrides Ensemble: Bernstein 100: Piano Trio

Presented in partnership with the RSNO

Lyrical, buoyant and witty, Bernstein’s Piano Trio displays the many influences of this most eclectic of composers. Hebrides Ensemble, “One of the most innovative and thrilling ensembles in Europe” - The Guardian, celebrates the centenary of this great composer alongside work by Debussy, Couperin in…

Sat 5 May 2018, 5.00PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
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Hebrides Ensemble: Bernstein 100: Piano Trio

Bernstein 100: MASS

Only in America! Throw together a sacred service, a 1970s rock opera, avant-garde theatre and a wild, impossible argument with God, and you’re still no closer to imagining Leonard Bernstein’s astonishing MASS – a huge, half-crazy, utterly sincere and wildly entertaining one-off masterpiece by American music’s greatest showman. You’ve simply…

Sat 5 May 2018, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Bernstein 100: MASS

Under the Skin of Brahms

Brahms struggled for ten years to complete his First Symphony – yet when you hear it, it’s like the passionate outpouring of a broken heart. Conductor Thomas Søndergård, presenter Ursula Heidecker Allen and the full RSNO go under its skin to uncover a story of tragedy, triumph and the power…

Wed 9 May 2018, 7.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
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Under the Skin of Brahms

Der Rosenkavalier

Brahms’ First Symphony begins with the pounding of a broken heart and ends with one of the noblest tunes in all of western music. It’s a gripping finish for our journey through the world of this great German Romantic; but first, something completely different – as pianist Kirill Gerstein plays…

Fri 11 May 2018, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Der Rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier

Brahms’ First Symphony begins with the pounding of a broken heart and ends with one of the noblest tunes in all of western music. It’s a gripping finish for our journey through the world of this great German Romantic; but first, something completely different – as pianist Kirill Gerstein plays…

Sat 12 May 2018, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Der Rosenkavalier

RSNO European Tour 2018

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark on its fifth international tour with Music Director Peter Oundjian, with a five-date tour of Europe this May. The Orchestra will perform concerts in Bregenz and Innsbruck (Austria), Bergamo (Italy), Ljbuljana (Slovenia) and Dresden (Germany). Performing works by Britten, Beethoven, Bernstein,…

Wed 16 May 2018, 7.30PM
Kongresskultur Bregenz, Bregenz
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RSNO European Tour 2018

RSNO European Tour 2018

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark on its fifth international tour with Music Director Peter Oundjian, with a five-date tour of Europe this May. The Orchestra will perform concerts in Bregenz and Innsbruck (Austria), Bergamo (Italy), Ljbuljana (Slovenia) and Dresden (Germany). Performing works by Britten, Beethoven, Bernstein,…

Thu 17 May 2018, 8.00PM
Congress Innsbruck, Innsbruck
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RSNO European Tour 2018

RSNO European Tour 2018

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark on its fifth international tour with Music Director Peter Oundjian, with a five-date tour of Europe this May. The Orchestra will perform concerts in Bregenz and Innsbruck (Austria), Bergamo (Italy), Ljbuljana (Slovenia) and Dresden (Germany). Performing works by Britten, Beethoven, Bernstein,…

Fri 18 May 2018, 9.00PM
Teatro Sociale, Bergamo
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RSNO European Tour 2018

RSNO European Tour 2018

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark on its fifth international tour with Music Director Peter Oundjian, with a five-date tour of Europe this May. The Orchestra will perform concerts in Bregenz and Innsbruck (Austria), Bergamo (Italy), Ljbuljana (Slovenia) and Dresden (Germany). Performing works by Britten, Beethoven, Bernstein,…

Sat 19 May 2018, 8.00PM
Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre, Ljbuljana
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RSNO European Tour 2018

RSNO European Tour 2018

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark on its fifth international tour with Music Director Peter Oundjian, with a five-date tour of Europe this May. The Orchestra will perform concerts in Bregenz and Innsbruck (Austria), Bergamo (Italy), Ljbuljana (Slovenia) and Dresden (Germany). Performing works by Britten, Beethoven, Bernstein,…

Sun 20 May 2018, 8.00PM
Kulturpalast Dresden, Dresden
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RSNO European Tour 2018

The Planets

Mars, Venus, Jupiter…everyone has their favourite bit of The Planets. But there’s more to Holst’s masterpiece than just great melodies. Tonight, John Storgårds travels to infinity and beyond, and follows two modern geniuses into new worlds. Sir Andrzej Panufnik was a Polish asylum seeker who became one of Britain’s finest…

Fri 25 May 2018, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

The Planets

The Planets

Mars, Venus, Jupiter…everyone has their favourite bit of The Planets. But there’s more to Holst’s masterpiece than just great melodies. Tonight, John Storgårds travels to infinity and beyond, and follows two modern geniuses into new worlds. Sir Andrzej Panufnik was a Polish asylum seeker who became one of Britain’s finest…

Sat 26 May 2018, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Planets

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Peter Oundjian and Friends

Every player in the RSNO is a star in their own right, and in this special lunchtime concert with Peter Oundjian, three of them step up and take the spotlight they deserve! Christopher Hart plays Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto: fifteen minutes of wit, fireworks and irresistibly hummable tunes. Then Maya Iwabuchi…

Wed 30 May 2018, 1.00PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
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Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Peter Oundjian and Friends

Oundjian Conducts Mahler Nine

When Gustav Mahler wrote his Ninth Symphony, he knew that he was living on borrowed time. But that wasn’t going to hold him back, and he poured everything he had into some of the most poignant, powerful and heartfelt music ever written. As he brings the 17:18 Season to a…

Fri 1 Jun 2018, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Oundjian Conducts Mahler Nine

Oundjian Conducts Mahler Nine

When Gustav Mahler wrote his Ninth Symphony, he knew that he was living on borrowed time. But that wasn’t going to hold him back, and he poured everything he had into some of the most poignant, powerful and heartfelt music ever written. As he brings the 17:18 Season to a…

Sat 2 Jun 2018, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Oundjian Conducts Mahler Nine

Classic FM Hall of Fame

The people have spoken: once again Classic FM’s annual poll has revealed the nation’s favourite pieces of classical music. As Classic FM’s official Orchestra in Scotland, tonight we’ll play the very best. Presenter and music-lover John Suchet introduces solid-gold masterpieces by Debussy and Dvorák, the amazing Kari Kriikku plays Mozart’s…

Fri 8 Jun 2018, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Classic FM Hall of Fame

Classic FM Hall of Fame

The people have spoken: once again Classic FM’s annual poll has revealed the nation’s favourite pieces of classical music. As Classic FM’s official Orchestra in Scotland, tonight we’ll play the very best. Presenter and music-lover John Suchet introduces solid-gold masterpieces by Debussy and Dvorák, the amazing Kari Kriikku plays Mozart’s…

Sat 9 Jun 2018, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Classic FM Hall of Fame

Classic FM Hall of Fame

The people have spoken: once again Classic FM’s annual poll has revealed the nation’s favourite pieces of classical music. As Classic FM’s official Orchestra in Scotland, tonight we’ll play the very best. Presenter and music-lover John Suchet introduces solid-gold masterpieces by Debussy and Dvorák, the amazing Kari Kriikku plays Mozart’s…

Sun 10 Jun 2018, 3.00PM
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
Box Office: 01224 641122

Classic FM Hall of Fame

Classics at the Movies

You know that moment at the cinema when you realise that you’ve heard that tune before, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? Well, tonight, Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman reveals all, with the sensational sound of the RSNO. Enjoy classics by the likes of Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Rossini and…

Fri 15 Jun 2018, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Classics at the Movies

Classics at the Movies

You know that moment at the cinema when you realise that you’ve heard that tune before, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? Well, tonight, Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman reveals all, with the sensational sound of the RSNO. Enjoy classics by the likes of Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Rossini and…

Sat 16 Jun 2018, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Classics at the Movies

Classics at the Movies

You know that moment at the cinema when you realise that you’ve heard that tune before, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? Well, tonight, Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman reveals all, with the sensational sound of the RSNO. Enjoy classics by the likes of Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Rossini and…

Sun 17 Jun 2018, 3.00PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Classics at the Movies

BBC Proms: Britten – War Requiem (Prom 72)

We bid a fond farewell to Peter Oundjian as he marks his final performance as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with a performance of Britten's War Requiem at the BBC Proms in London.

A powerful statement of the composer’s pacifist beliefs – composed in the shadow of the…

Thu 6 Sep 2018, 7.30PM
Royal Albert Hall, London
Box Office: 0845 401 5034

BBC Proms: Britten – War Requiem (Prom 72)

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