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!

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Join us as the RSNO family – Music Director Peter Oundjian, Principal Guest Conductor 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 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.

Artist in residence
We’re delighted to welcome the talented cellist Jan Vogler as our special Artist in Residence. Jan will perform two double concertos with his wife, violinist Mira Wang and Schumann’s poetic Cello Concerto, as well as a special performance in our Chamber Series.

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

China Story

China Story

‘A broad mind and a big heart’ – that’s the spirit embodied in the music of Xiaogang Ye, arguably China’s…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

China Story

China Story

‘A broad mind and a big heart’ – that’s the spirit embodied in the music of Xiaogang Ye, arguably China’s…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Prokofiev Quintet

Prokofiev Quintet

Nights at the circus: Sergei Prokofiev took a ballet about trapeze artists and transformed it into a quintet that’s packed…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Oundjian and Benedetti

Oundjian and Benedetti

Peter Oundjian, Nicola Benedetti and the RSNO – the perfect partnership and a stellar start to the new Season! With…

Caird Hall, Dundee

01382 434 940

Oundjian and Benedetti

Oundjian and Benedetti

Peter Oundjian, Nicola Benedetti and the RSNO – the perfect partnership and a stellar start to the new Season! With…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Oundjian and Benedetti

Oundjian and Benedetti

Peter Oundjian, Nicola Benedetti and the RSNO – the perfect partnership and a stellar start to the new Season! With…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Beethoven and Sibelius

Beethoven and Sibelius

Big symphonies awaken big feelings – and when Sibelius’ Second Symphony reaches its majestic finish, it’s with a melody that…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Beethoven and Sibelius

Beethoven and Sibelius

Big symphonies awaken big feelings – and when Sibelius’ Second Symphony reaches its majestic finish, it’s with a melody that…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No1

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No1

Poet, lover, dreamer, radical: Robert Schumann was the ultimate Romantic. So we’re thrilled to welcome Sir Roger Norrington, a conductor…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No1

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No1

Poet, lover, dreamer, radical: Robert Schumann was the ultimate Romantic. So we’re thrilled to welcome Sir Roger Norrington, a conductor…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Schumann 'Spring' Symphony

Schumann 'Spring' Symphony

Poet, lover, dreamer, radical: Robert Schumann was the ultimate Romantic. So we’re thrilled to welcome Sir Roger Norrington, a conductor…

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

01224 641122

Psycho Live

Psycho Live

The Bates Motel, that strange young man, the horror behind the shower-curtain – there’s never been a thriller quite as…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Psycho Live

Psycho Live

The Bates Motel, that strange young man, the horror behind the shower-curtain – there’s never been a thriller quite as…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Children's Classic Concerts: Ghost Train

Children's Classic Concerts: Ghost Train

All aboard if you dare! Take your first class seats for a jaw-jangling journey on the eerie RSNO express. Owen…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Children's Classic Concerts: Ghost Train

Children's Classic Concerts: Ghost Train

All aboard if you dare! Take your first class seats for a jaw-jangling journey on the eerie RSNO express. Owen…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Oundjian Conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral

Oundjian Conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral

From cheerful opening to serene finish, there’s no music more life-affirming than Beethoven’s lovely Pastoral Symphony. Hear it for the…

Caird Hall, Dundee

01382 434 940

Oundjian Conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral

Oundjian Conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral

From cheerful opening to serene finish, there’s no music more life-affirming than Beethoven’s lovely Pastoral Symphony. Hear it for the…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Oundjian Conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral

Oundjian Conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral

From cheerful opening to serene finish, there’s no music more life-affirming than Beethoven’s lovely Pastoral Symphony. Hear it for the…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Shostakovich Twelve

Shostakovich Twelve

As thoughts turn to Remembrance Day, the RSNO reflects on Petrograd, 1917: angry crowds fill the streets, the guns of…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

RSNO Singing Day: Brahms' Requiem

RSNO Singing Day: Brahms' Requiem

Ahead of the RSNO Chorus’ performance of Brahms’ Requiem with the RSNO, join Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer for the day…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Shostakovich Twelve

Shostakovich Twelve

As thoughts turn to Remembrance Day, the RSNO reflects on Petrograd, 1917: angry crowds fill the streets, the guns of…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Powerful Strings

Powerful Strings

John Adams weaves ravishing new sounds from old American folklore. Veteran conductor André Previn uses his film composer’s training to…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Scheherazade

Scheherazade

Once upon a time…Rimsky-Korsakov opened his copy of The Arabian Nights, found a cruel sultan and a beautiful princess, and…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Scheherazade

Scheherazade

Once upon a time…Rimsky-Korsakov opened his copy of The Arabian Nights, found a cruel sultan and a beautiful princess, and…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Beethoven Seven

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Beethoven Seven

Something old, something new, something borrowed…Stravinsky’s zesty homage to the 18th century gets this year’s series of lunchtime musical feasts…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Gene Kelly: The Legacy – An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly

Gene Kelly: The Legacy – An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly

Legendary actor, dancer, director, and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace, athleticism and masculinity to the big screen – yet…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

St Andrew's Party

St Andrew's Party

Shetland fiddle player Aly Bain and Phil ‘fastest fingers in the west’ Cunningham are one of the liveliest double acts…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Oundjian Conducts Brahms’ Requiem

Oundjian Conducts Brahms’ Requiem

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’ Johannes Brahms wasn’t the religious type, but when his mother…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Oundjian Conducts Brahms’ Requiem

Oundjian Conducts Brahms’ Requiem

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’ Johannes Brahms wasn’t the religious type, but when his mother…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Brahms Horn Trio

Brahms Horn Trio

A violin sighs quietly in the twilight, a piano trails behind, and a horn begins an old, sad song. Johannes…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

When Robert Schumann was in love, he simply had to let the world know, and his Second Symphony is filled…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

When Robert Schumann was in love, he simply had to let the world know, and his Second Symphony is filled…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Tchaikovsky Five

Tchaikovsky Five

Music simply doesn’t get any more romantic than Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Fifth Symphony. Tchaikovsky asked for it to be played ‘with…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Tchaikovsky Five

Tchaikovsky Five

Music simply doesn’t get any more romantic than Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Fifth Symphony. Tchaikovsky asked for it to be played ‘with…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Lights, camera, action – music! Join our leading men Owen and Olly, and the glittering talent of the RSNO for…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Lights, camera, action – music! Join our leading men Owen and Olly, and the glittering talent of the RSNO for…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Lights, camera, action – music! Join our leading men Owen and Olly, and the glittering talent of the RSNO for…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

RSNO Christmas Concert

RSNO Christmas Concert

Join us for our annual celebration of all things festive – a mouthwatering spread of Yuletide music old and new.…

Caird Hall, Dundee

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RSNO Christmas Concert

RSNO Christmas Concert

Join us for our annual celebration of all things festive – a mouthwatering spread of Yuletide music old and new.…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

RSNO Christmas Concert

RSNO Christmas Concert

Join us for our annual celebration of all things festive – a mouthwatering spread of Yuletide music old and new.…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

RSNO Christmas Concert

RSNO Christmas Concert

Join us for our annual celebration of all things festive – a mouthwatering spread of Yuletide music old and new.…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Hallelujah! Never mind who’s the Christmas number one: Handel’s Messiah has been the greatest hit in British music for 276…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Nordic Viola

Nordic Viola

When it comes to music, the North speaks its own language. Today, led by Katherine Wren, RSNO players take an…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Sibelius Five

Sibelius Five

“Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty!” A vision of natural wonder inspired the tune that crowns Sibelius’ Fifth…

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

01224 641122

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Mendelssohn Four

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Mendelssohn Four

North meets South: and on a January afternoon in Glasgow, who couldn’t do with a bit of sunshine? Mendelssohn’s Italian

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

The Music of Star Wars

The Music of Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....John Williams’ scores for Star Wars are some of the most…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

The Music of Star Wars

The Music of Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....John Williams’ scores for Star Wars are some of the most…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

The Music of Star Wars

The Music of Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....John Williams’ scores for Star Wars are some of the most…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Under the Skin of Elgar

Under the Skin of Elgar

Who was Edward Elgar? An Edwardian with a walrus moustache – or an artist with an all-embracing vision, and secrets…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Elgar One

Elgar One

When Elgar’s First Symphony was premiered in Manchester in 1908, the audience jumped to its feet and cheered. 110 years…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Elgar One

Elgar One

When Elgar’s First Symphony was premiered in Manchester in 1908, the audience jumped to its feet and cheered. 110 years…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Classic Strings with Jan Vogler

Classic Strings with Jan Vogler

Arensky’s A minor String Quartet is one of Russian music’s great hidden treasures. Inspired by the death of Tchaikovsky, it’s…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Brief Encounter Live

Brief Encounter Live

‘I love you. You love me too. It’s no use pretending it hasn’t happened, ‘cause it has.’ Celia Johnson, Trevor…

Caird Hall, Dundee

01382 434 940

Brief Encounter Live

Brief Encounter Live

‘I love you. You love me too. It’s no use pretending it hasn’t happened, ‘cause it has.’ Celia Johnson, Trevor…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Brief Encounter Live

Brief Encounter Live

‘I love you. You love me too. It’s no use pretending it hasn’t happened, ‘cause it has.’ Celia Johnson, Trevor…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Oundjian Conducts Bruckner Eight

Oundjian Conducts Bruckner Eight

They call Bruckner’s symphonies ‘cathedrals in sound’, and it’s true – Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony contains some of the grandest and…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Oundjian Conducts Bruckner Eight

Oundjian Conducts Bruckner Eight

They call Bruckner’s symphonies ‘cathedrals in sound’, and it’s true – Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony contains some of the grandest and…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Stravinsky’s Firebird

Stravinsky’s Firebird

A flash of light, a swirl of sound – and deep in a magical kingdom, the enchanted Firebird darts across…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Stravinsky’s Firebird

Stravinsky’s Firebird

A flash of light, a swirl of sound – and deep in a magical kingdom, the enchanted Firebird darts across…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Søndergård Conducts Ein Heldenleben

Søndergård Conducts Ein Heldenleben

Richard Strauss liked to blow his own trumpets…and his horns, trombones and tubas. So when he used a colossal orchestra…

Caird Hall, Dundee

01382 434 940

Søndergård Conducts Ein Heldenleben

Søndergård Conducts Ein Heldenleben

Richard Strauss liked to blow his own trumpets…and his horns, trombones and tubas. So when he used a colossal orchestra…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Søndergård Conducts Ein Heldenleben

Søndergård Conducts Ein Heldenleben

Richard Strauss liked to blow his own trumpets…and his horns, trombones and tubas. So when he used a colossal orchestra…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Celebrating Debussy

Celebrating Debussy

‘Light, in the air drowsy with dense slumbers – did I love a dream?’ Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Haydn La passione

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Haydn La passione

RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson is a real rising star – and this lunchtime she’s all about bold colours and…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Composers’ Hub Workshop

Composers’ Hub Workshop

Be there as we hear five brand new works written especially for the RSNO by the members of the RSNO’s…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Warner Bros. presents Gene Kelly: A Life in Music

Warner Bros. presents Gene Kelly: A Life in Music

While most people think of dance when they think of Gene Kelly, music was central to his work. It influenced…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Warner Bros. presents Gene Kelly: A Life in Music

Warner Bros. presents Gene Kelly: A Life in Music

While most people think of dance when they think of Gene Kelly, music was central to his work. It influenced…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

In Focus: Leonard Bernstein

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…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Oundjian Conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad

Oundjian Conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad

As Hitler’s armies surrounded the city of Leningrad, Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Seventh Symphony. Written for massed battalions of musicians,…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

Oundjian Conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad

Oundjian Conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad

As Hitler’s armies surrounded the city of Leningrad, Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Seventh Symphony. Written for massed battalions of musicians,…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Bernstein 100: West Side Story

Bernstein 100: West Side Story

Life, liberty, and big, big tunes – American music never does anything by halves! And from the joyous shouts of…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

0131 228 1155

In Focus: Leonard Bernstein

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…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Bernstein 100: West Side Story

Bernstein 100: West Side Story

Life, liberty, and big, big tunes – American music never does anything by halves! And from the joyous shouts of…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

20th Century Chamber Masterworks

20th Century Chamber Masterworks

The symphonies that Shostakovich wrote during the Second World War toed the party line. To find out what he really…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Bernstein 100: MASS

Bernstein 100: MASS

Only in America! Throw together a sacred service, a 1970s rock opera, avant-garde theatre and a wild, impossible argument with…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Under the Skin of Brahms

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…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Der Rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier

Brahms’ First Symphony begins with the pounding of a broken heart and ends with one of the noblest tunes in…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

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.…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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.…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

0141 353 8000

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Peter Oundjian and Friends

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…

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

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…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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…

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

01224 641122

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…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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…

Caird Hall, Dundee

01382 434 940