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RSNO Chorus

The RSNO Chorus is one of the busiest and most respected choruses in the UK. Directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UKs most dynamic and in-demand Choral Conductors, they perform around 15 times per Season with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2018 the RSNO Chorus celebrated its 175th anniversary, making it one of the oldest symphonic choruses in the world.

The RSNO Chorus has over 130 members from across Scotland and perform regularly with leading international conductors and RSNO Music Director Thomas Søndergård with whom they perform every Season.  The Chorus perform a wide range of repertoire, from large scale choral works to well-known film scores.  Recent repertoire highlights are Bernstein’s Mass, Brahms’ Requiem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Poulenc’s Gloria and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and in 2018 they gave a widely acclaimed performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the BBC Proms.

The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme Järvi, and Holst's The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both been subject to high critical acclaim.

The RSNO is always happy to hear from singers of all voice parts who are interested in joining. Rehearsals take place weekly in the RSNO Centre in Glasgow and members receive a wide range of benefits as well as the opportunity to perform with the RSNO.

Join the RSNO Chorus

Are you a passionate and committed singer? Do you enjoy a wide range of music? Would you like to sing with others who share this passion?

Gregory Batsleer

Gregory Batsleer

Chorus Director

Gregory Batsleer is widely regarded as one of the leading Choral Conductors and most innovative musicians of his generation. Gregory is Chorus Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Director of the Huddersfield Choral Society. Gregory has received widespread critical acclaim for his work in both raising musical standards as well as widening the artistic activities of each ensemble.

He has held the position of Chorus Director with the RSNO since 2015 and has in that time overseen an improvement in the overall standard of the RSNO Chorus, as well as a rise in the RSNO’s choral activity. This has included the inauguration of the RSNO Chorus Academy, Singing Days, and the establishment of regular Come and Sing events with the Orchestra.

As Guest Conductor; recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Black Dyke, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Orchestra of Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Academy of Ancient Music, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; with whom he appears on a number of occasions throughout each season.

Read Gregory’s full biography here.

Polly Beck

Polly Beck

Vocal Coach

Liverpool-born, Polly lives in Greenock. She studied at the RSAMD, and later won the entrance scholarship to the Postgraduate Opera Course at the RNCM where she achieved her MMus and won many prizes and awards including the Peter Moores Foundation Award, the Countess of Munster Prize and the D’Oyle Carte Scholarship.

Polly later returned to Scotland to work with Scottish Opera. As a soloist Polly has sung with several UK orchestras, and appeared in many festivals throughout the country, including the 40th anniversary Aldeburgh Festival.

Her operatic roles include many of the great Wagnerian heroines such as Sieglinde and Brangäne. More recently she has sung with Lyric Opera Dublin and for the Royal Opening of the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.

Polly has many years teaching experience. She taught Singing, as well as Performance classes, at the Junior RNCM and at Scottish Opera Education Department. Currently she enjoys her role as a Vocal Instructor for Inverclyde Music Service, teaching Voice and Performance Skills. She is also Vocal Coach for Inverclyde Senior Choir, and contributes on the committee of the Inverclyde Festival.

In addition, Polly teaches at the University of Glasgow, the Junior Conservatoire of the RCS and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Ed Cohen

Ed Cohen

Accompanist

Ed trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Indiana University, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he currently holds a position as part-time lecturer and staff accompanist. He regularly works with numerous choirs in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and enjoys a busy freelance career, frequently performing across the UK and further afield.

Forthcoming Concerts with the RSNO Chorus


Season Opener: Beethoven Nine

‘Be embraced, you millions. This kiss is for the whole world!’ It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year, and there’s no more joyous way to launch our Season than with his mighty Choral Symphony. Thomas Søndergård conducts the massed forces of the RSNO and RSNO Chorus in this masterpiece which begins…

Fri 18 Sep 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Season Opener: Beethoven Nine

Beethoven Nine

‘Be embraced, you millions. This kiss is for the whole world!’ It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year, and there’s no more joyous way to launch our Season than with his mighty Choral Symphony. Thomas Søndergård conducts the massed forces of the RSNO and RSNO Chorus in this masterpiece which begins…

Sat 19 Sep 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Nine

Video Games Music In Concert

World of Warcraft, Pokémon, Resident Evil, Hitman and Super Mario are just some of the blockbuster video games which have made it to the big screen over the years. Tonight, experience the thrill of hearing your favourite video game soundtracks played live by Scotland’s National Orchestra. Enjoy some of the…

Fri 20 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Video Games Music In Concert

Video Games Music In Concert

World of Warcraft, Pokémon, Resident Evil, Hitman and Super Mario are just some of the blockbuster video games which have made it to the big screen over the years. Tonight, experience the thrill of hearing your favourite video game soundtracks played live by Scotland’s National Orchestra. Enjoy some of the…

Sat 21 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Video Games Music In Concert

Swan Lake

Between day and night, between memories and dreams – that’s where the imagination runs wild. And it never runs wilder, or more gloriously free, then in Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s shimmering, sensuous Song of the Night. Thomas Søndergård adores this music, and he’s woven it into a sequence that embraces…

Fri 11 Dec 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Between day and night, between memories and dreams – that’s where the imagination runs wild. And it never runs wilder, or more gloriously free, then in Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s shimmering, sensuous Song of the Night. Thomas Søndergård adores this music, and he’s woven it into a sequence that embraces…

Sat 12 Dec 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Swan Lake

RSNO Chorus in Concert

The RSNO Chorus is one of the real jewels in Scotland’s musical crown. Today they scale things right down and take a journey through musical time and space, from the sacred medieval harmonies of Byrd’s Ave verum corpus to the extraordinary new sounds of Roxanna Panufnik’s Kyrie after Byrd and…

Sun 28 Feb 2021, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

RSNO Chorus in Concert

The Music of Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Feel the full force of Scotland’s National Orchestra as we celebrate John Williams’ epic music from the blockbusting Star Wars saga. Filled with your favourite themes from The Phantom Menace to The Last Jedi, this concert packs more punch than…

Fri 19 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

The Music of Star Wars

The Music of Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Feel the full force of Scotland’s National Orchestra as we celebrate John Williams’ epic music from the blockbusting Star Wars saga. Filled with your favourite themes from The Phantom Menace to The Last Jedi, this concert packs more punch than…

Sat 20 Mar 2021, 3.00PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Music of Star Wars

The Music of Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Feel the full force of Scotland’s National Orchestra as we celebrate John Williams’ epic music from the blockbusting Star Wars saga. Filled with your favourite themes from The Phantom Menace to The Last Jedi, this concert packs more punch than…

Sat 20 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Music of Star Wars

Handel's Messiah

The trumpet shall sound! Join us this Easter for the RSNO’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. From For Unto Us a Child is Born to the unforgettable Hallelujah chorus, this is simply some of the most uplifting music ever written. Conductor Christian Curnyn, the RSNO Chorus and a first-class team…

Sat 3 Apr 2021, 3.00PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Handel's Messiah

Season Finale: Mahler Two

A man stands alone at a graveside and takes the first step on a journey that will take him to the end of the world – and beyond. Heaven and hell, joy and terror, Viennese waltzes and distant trumpets… this is Mahler’s epic Resurrection Symphony packed with emotion. Thomas Søndergård…

Fri 4 Jun 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Season Finale: Mahler Two

Season Finale: Mahler Two

A man stands alone at a graveside and takes the first step on a journey that will take him to the end of the world – and beyond. Heaven and hell, joy and terror, Viennese waltzes and distant trumpets… this is Mahler’s epic Resurrection Symphony packed with emotion. Thomas Søndergård…

Sat 5 Jun 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Season Finale: Mahler Two

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