Welcome to the RSNO’s first ever Digital Season! Over the coming months you can enjoy ten glorious concerts which will be filmed live for you in the RSNO’s studio with COVID-19 secure measures in place. These ten performances are a reimagining of our 2020:21 Season featuring many of the guest artists and music originally programmed, alongside some surprises for you to enjoy, safe in the comfort of your home.

Broadcast throughout October 2020 - February 2021, the RSNO Digital Season is available on subscription or a pay per concert basis. To view full Digital Season details please click here or download the brochure.

Digital Season Concerts

Beethoven Symphony No3 Eroica

Available to watch now

Haydn Symphony No82 The Bear
Chevalier de Saint-Georges Violin Concerto No1
Beethoven Symphony No3 Eroica

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Maya Iwabuchi Violin

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony begins with a controlled explosion – and two centuries later, music is still reeling from the aftershock. This is music which was written in unprecedented times, energising and defiant – the ideal choice for our return to the stage with Music Director Thomas Søndergård. We pair it with music by two 18th century geniuses with powerful tales to tell: Haydn’s spirited symphony, and a joyous concerto by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Precisely the music we need, right here, right now.

Dedicated to the RSNO Conductors' Circle.
Sponsored by Gallagher.

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Available to watch now

Beethoven Symphony No1
Beethoven Violin Concerto

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Midori Violin

When the young Ludwig van Beethoven began his first symphony, no-one knew quite what to expect. They just knew that they were hearing a dazzling young artist going for broke, with wit, style and the sort of energy that can still knock you backwards. You’ll want to cool down after all that, so sit back and enjoy Beethoven’s beautiful Violin Concerto performed by superstar violinist Midori with the RSNO: pure serenity, created by artists who simply love this music.

Recommended by Classic FM.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No3

Available to watch from Friday 6 November

Beethoven Piano Concerto No3
Beethoven Final movement from Piano Sonata No30
Sibelius Symphony No7

Tabita Berglund Conductor
Boris Giltburg Piano

RSNO favourite Boris Giltburg makes a very welcome return in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. It’s a dark, deeply personal masterpiece: perfect for a pianist who’s been described as ‘a true Romantic’. And then Sibelius’ stunning Symphony No7 conducted by Norwegian rising star Tabita Berglund.

Please note, this concert has had a change in conductor and programme since first advertised.

Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Available to watch from Friday 20 November

Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622
Widmann Fantasie
Mendelssohn Symphony No5

Jörg Widmann Conductor
Jörg Widmann Clarinet

Mozart’s hugely popular Clarinet Concerto is one of those pieces that never gets old – especially when played by clarinettist, conductor and composer extraordinaire Jörg Widmann. Followed by Widmann’s own piece Fantasie and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No5.

Recommended by Classic FM.

Please note, this concert has had a change in conductor and programme since first advertised.

Beethoven Symphony No6 Pastoral

Available to watch from Friday 4 December

Penderecki Adagio for Strings
Wagner (orch Henze) Wesendonck-Lieder
Beethoven Symphony No6 Pastoral

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Karen Cargill Mezzo-soprano

Beethoven knew that nature can heal the spirit, and from cheerful opening to serene finish, there’s no music more life-affirming than his lovely Pastoral Symphony. Hear it for the thunderstorms and shepherds, or simply enjoy the sound of Ludwig letting his hair down – either way, it’ll refresh your soul in these unprecedented times. Thomas Søndergård begins with a deep, dark vision from the late Krzysztof Penderecki, and he’s got another treat in store too, as international star Karen Cargill lends her extraordinary voice to Wagner’s sensuous love songs.

Beethoven Symphony No7

Available to watch from Friday 18 December

Mozart Overture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail K384
Mozart Violin Concerto No5 Turkish K219
Beethoven Symphony No7

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Francesca Dego Violin

‘There are and have been many princes. But there is only one Beethoven!’ Ludwig van Beethoven was a visionary, a hero, an iconoclast and a superstar. But above all, he was a revolutionary – and when you hear his Seventh Symphony in full, headlong flight, you might feel like punching the air. Thomas Søndergård unleashes it in this spectacular performance. First, though, comes an operatic drama of slavery and freedom before the superb Italian violinist Francesca Dego takes the spotlight in Mozart’s feistiest violin concerto.

Recommended by Classic FM.

Glanert Violin Concerto No2

Available to watch from Friday 15 January

Errollyn Wallen Mighty River
Detlev Glanert Violin Concerto No2 To the Immortal Beloved WORLD PREMIERE

Ryan Bancroft Conductor
Midori Violin

Errollyn Wallen’s Mighty River is dedicated to her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, a slave. ‘It is an innate human instinct to be free,’ she says, ‘just as it is a law of nature that the river should rush headlong to the sea.’ This gripping orchestral work from one of Britain’s most original living composers makes an unforgettable impact. What better piece to accompany it than a stunning new violin concerto inspired by the tragic love-story of Ludwig van Beethoven – music’s great champion of freedom – and performed by acclaimed violinist Midori.

Dvořák Symphony No8

Available to watch from Friday 29 January

Richard Thompson Suite from The Mask in the Mirror WORLD PREMIERE
Dvořák Romance for Violin
Price Violin Concerto No2
Dvořák Symphony No8

Anna-Maria Helsing Conductor
Stefan Jackiw Violin

Once upon a time...Anna-Maria Helsing and the RSNO tell timeless stories from the old world and uncover unheard tales from the new. In the American Midwest, Florence Price’s radiant Second Violin Concerto lay forgotten for decades, but now the voice of its pioneering composer is being heard again. Richard Thompson evokes the times and tragedy of a neglected African-American poet. And amid the hills and forests of Central Europe, Antonín Dvořák weaves quiet fairy tales and a symphony that dances for joy. Glowing colours, burning emotions and melodies that demand to be heard.

Grieg Piano Concerto

Available to watch from Friday 12 February

Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No1
Grieg Piano Concerto
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No2

Cornelius Meister Conductor
Paul Lewis Piano

Paul Lewis has been called ‘the finest British pianist for generations’. He joins forces with the RSNO and conductor Cornelius Meister for a performance of Grieg’s unabashedly romantic Piano Concerto, which dances and dazzles with hints of Norwegian melodies. It’s bookended by Grieg’s stunning music for Peer Gynt – from the sunlit vistas of Morning to the blood-crazed trolls of In the Hall of the Mountain King, enjoy these stirring melodies magically brought to life by the RSNO.

Recommended by Classic FM.

Beethoven Symphony No5

Available to watch from Friday 26 February

Walker Lyric for Strings
Britten Les Illuminations
Beethoven Symphony No5

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Edgaras Montvidas Tenor

With Beethoven, four notes are enough to start a revolution. ‘This is how Fate knocks at the door!’ he said, and everyone knows the electrifying opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. But if that’s all you know, you’re in for the musical adventure of a lifetime – a headlong ride through tragedy, tranquility and blazing triumph. Thomas Søndergård conducts, Edgaras Montvidas sings Britten’s dreamlike songs, and we start with the haunting Lyric for Strings by George Walker: a true American original.

Recommended by Classic FM.

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