Social invitation to RSNO Season Finale run-through

Guests to the Orchestra’s Edinburgh rehearsal are free to attend, tweet, post film and take photos, to celebrate the partnership of the RSNO and departing Music Director Peter Oundjian

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) opens its doors to visitors for its final rehearsal of the current Season, and invite guests to tweet, post, film and take photographs.

The Orchestra invites its supporters to join the musicians and Peter Oundjian at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh from 3.00pm to 4.00pm to witness the musicians preparing for the final concerts of the 2017:18 Season. During the rehearsal, the RSNO will prepare Mahler’s Symphony No9, one of the most profound musical statements of the 20th century.

In contrast to the etiquette expected of attendees of orchestral concerts, visitors to this rehearsal will be encouraged to participate in social media activity, using the method of their choice. Audience members will be able to converse in real time across various social media platforms, including Facebook (@royalscottishnationalorchestra); Twitter (@rsno) and Instagram (@officialrsno) using the hashtag #OpenRSNO.

RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian: “Any performance of Mahler Nine is an event. The symphony stands alone as a pinnacle of musical expression, but also as a pivotal creation which looks in so many different directions before we reach those final strands of musical fragments which ask as many questions as they answer.

“I would be delighted if our friends would join us for the final rehearsal of the 2017:18 Season at the Usher Hall for the chance to share in the preparation for this special occasion. This will be my final rehearsal in Edinburgh as Music Director, and it would be my honour to share it with as many of our supporters as possible.”

Those interested in attending the Social Media Open Rehearsal on Friday 1 June (3.00-4.00pm) are asked to email their request to OpenRehearsal@rsno.org.uk before 5.30pm on Thursday 31 May.

Opportunities to attend the open rehearsal are limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Applicants' names will be added to a guest list and attendees are requested to check-in at the ticket desk, located near the box office at the Usher Hall.

The RSNO closes its 2017:18 Season this week at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Friday 1 June, 7.30pm), and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday 2 June, 7.30pm). The programme features Mahler’s final complete symphony, Symphony No9.

Following the close of the 2017:18 Season the RSNO has two further special events before its summer break, Classic FM Hall of Fame with presenter John Suchet (Usher Hall, Edinburgh – Friday 8 June, 7.30pm; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm; His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen – Sunday 10 June, 3.00pm) and Classics at the Movies with conductor Richard Kaufman (Usher Hall, Edinburgh – Friday 15 June, 7.30pm; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm; Caird Hall, Dundee – Sunday 17 June, 3.00pm).

To book tickets or more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk.