All the Latest News from the RSNO

2019:20 Season Announced

RSNO’s upward trajectory set to continue with Søndergård and Chan Season highlights include: Beethoven symphonies, concertos, chamber and solo works to mark 250th anniversary The Golden Age of Vienna explored, including pairing of Mahler and Richard Strauss greats Scottish pianist Steven Osborne RSNO Artist in Residence for 2019:20 Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill in opening concert […]

RSNO appoints Associate Principal Trumpet

Jason Lewis joins Scotland’s national orchestra in the Spring The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has announced that Jason Lewis has been appointed to the position of Associate Principal Trumpet. Lewis will officially take up the post in May 2019. Lewis joins from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, where he is currently Principal Trumpet. He […]

Alistair Mackie appointed RSNO Chief Executive

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Alistair Mackie as its new Chief Executive. He will take up the role in April 2019. Mackie joins the RSNO from London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, where he served as Interim Managing Director from August 2016 to March 2017, a member of the Orchestra since 1996 and most recently […]

Nicola Benedetti and Scotland’s National Orchestra to spend New Year in China

The nation’s best-loved soloist and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra take Hogmanay and New Year celebrations to the world’s most populous country  Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will celebrate Hogmanay and New Year together when they undertake their first joint tour of China later this month. Led by the […]

Broadcaster and presenter narrates The Snowman

Jamie MacDougall makes his RSNO Festive debut telling Briggs’ festive tale The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will be joined by, tenor, BBC Scotland and Scottish Proms in the Park presenter Jamie MacDougall for its annual RSNO Christmas Concerts this Season, performing to audiences in Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow next month. Since 2001 Jamie has been the nation's voice […]

Thomas Sondergard, RSNO Music Director

Conductor change for forthcoming concerts

Music Director Thomas Søndergård replaces Krzysztof Penderecki for Anne-Sophie Mutter dates RSNO Music Director Thomas Søndergård will work with the “...undisputed queen of violin-playing…” Anne-Sophie Mutter next week as he replaces composer Krzysztof Penderecki on the podium for two dates in Scotland.   Penderecki has had to withdraw from his scheduled performance with the RSNO due […]

New members for RSNO Composers’ Hub

Scotland’s national orchestra welcomes five emerging composers to fourth nurturing initiative Five emerging UK composers have been selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub, the fourth annual initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers.   Alex Paxton, Allan X. Chen, Nicholas Olsen, Ninfea […]

Film Soundtrack label celebrates 40th anniversary

Record label that brought the stars to Scotland marks special birthday with gala concerts   A US-based recording label specialising in movie soundtracks celebrates 40 years in the business with two gala concerts in association with Scotland’s national orchestra, one of the label’s principal recording orchestras.   The Varèse Sarabande 40th Anniversary Concerts feature producer […]

Primary pupils discover musical innovations with new concert series

Scotland’s National Orchestra bring RSNO 360 Live to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee Composers who changed the musical landscape are the focus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) new concerts for Primary Schools pupils, which begin next month.   RSNO 360 LIVE: Inventions and Innovators, a tailor-make concert, presented by musician and broadcaster Tom Redmond […]

Chorus of approval on 175th anniversary

Scotland’s longest continuously active ensemble marks milestone with pop-up performance Scotland’s oldest continuously operational vocal ensemble celebrates its 175th birthday today (31 October) by presenting excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, walking distance from where the Chorus was originally founded.   Members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) Chorus, formerly the Glasgow Choral Union, will perform […]

RSNO appoints new Assistant Conductor Junping Qian

Chinese conductor Junping Qian has been appointed as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) new Assistant Conductor, following a recruitment process that attracted over 250 applicants worldwide. Following an extensive short-listing process, five candidates were invited to the RSNO Centre in August for audition with full orchestra, where the applicants were invited to conduct a […]


Call for UK composers to join RSNO

Scottish orchestra’s fourth annual nurturing initiative for composers in the early stages of their career The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) today (17 August 2018) launches the fourth annual initiative to develop the talents of emerging UK-based composers, RSNO Composers’ Hub. Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the bespoke scheme is […]