Classic FM’s 20th Birthday Party with the RSNO

Scotland’s national orchestra celebrates 20 years of the UK’s favourite classical radio station with a star-studded gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 24 September

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has been invited to mark 20 years’ broadcasting of the UK’s biggest classical music radio station Classic FM with a celebratory concert, Classic FM Live, at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday 24 September 2012.
The RSNO, Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, will perform to over 5000 people alongside soloists including classical chart-topping Welsh tenor Wynne Evans, outstanding Korean pianist HJ Lim and one of the UK’s most treasured artists, multiple award-winning violinist Tasmin Little OBE, whose services to music were recently recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012. The RSNO and soloists will be also be joined by the critically acclaimed Crouch End Festival Chorus, all led by Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd and hosted by Classic FM presenters John Suchet and Margherita Taylor.
The gala evening’s repertoire includes performances of Classic FM Hall of Fame favourites, including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2, Vaughan Williams’The Lark Ascending and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks finale.
John Suchet, Classic FM presenter and host of Classic FM Live:

We are very proud of our partnership with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, so we’re thrilled that they will be making their Classic FM Live debut this September. With our audience numbers in Scotland growing by 70% over the last three months, this is the perfect way to celebrate our 20th birthday year.

Conductor Douglas Boyd:

I am delighted to be asked to conduct Classic FM’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Classic FM has become a hugely significant broadcaster of classical music giving pleasure to thousands of people. I am looking forward to renewing my relationship with the wonderful RSNO and to be able to celebrate this birthday in a live concert at one of the UK’s greatest venues.

Tickets to Classic FM Live are now on sale and can be booked by visiting or by calling the Royal Albert Hall on 0845 401 5034.