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Award-winning Scottish actor Georgie Glen narrates Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman for RSNO’s Christmas Concerts

Georgie Glen, most recently known for portraying history teacher Audrey McFall in BBC One show Waterloo Road, will make her Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) début this month, narrating the classic story of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, as part of this year’s RSNO Christmas Concerts.

The Helensburgh-born actor will be known to many, with Georgie’s film credits including Les Misérables, Mrs Brown, My Week With Marilyn and Calendar Girls.  On the small screen she has appeared regularly in Heartbeat, as well as in numerous comedy series, including Alan Partridge, Little Britain and The Thick of It.

The Orchestra takes its popular RSNO Christmas Concerts (sponsored by the RSNO’s Transport Partner ScotRail) – now firmly embedded as one of Scotland’s traditional seasonal events – to the Music Hall, Aberdeen (Thursday 17 December, 7.30pm); the Caird Hall, Dundee (Friday 18 December, 7.30pm); the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday 19 December, 2.00pm & 6.00pm), and to the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Sunday 20 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 RSNO Chorus or Junior Chorus, and a few surprises.

Scottish actor Georgie Glen: “It is my distinct pleasure to be performing with Scotland’s national orchestra this Christmas.  The Snowman is such a wonderful tale, and to narrate the story along with the animation and full symphonic support is something I’m sure I'm going to treasure.”

On Sunday 3 January 2016 the Orchestra welcomes audiences to a new year at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for its matinee performance of Handel’s Messiah (3.00pm), with historical performance conductor Matthew Halls joined onstage by soprano Ailish Tynan, counter-tenor Iestyn Davies, tenor James Gilchrist, bass-baritone Matthew Brook and the RSNO Chorus .

The RSNO’s Viennese Gala with conductor Jean-Claude Picard and soprano Ailish Tynan present Viennese Gala  at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (Friday 8 January, 7.30pm); the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm (Saturday 9 January, 7.30pm); Reid Hall, Forfar (Sunday 10 January, 7.30pm), Eden Court, Inverness (Wednesday 13 January, 7.30pm) and at Albert Halls, Stirling (Thursday 14 January, 7.30pm). For more information please go to www.rsno.org.uk.