All the Latest News from the RSNO


The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Children’s Classic Concerts (CCC) have announced their 2020 Christmas show will be broadcast for free online to families across the country, and for the first time the production will be available on the STV Player. Audiences across Scotland and the rest of the UK will have more ways […]

RSNO Composers’ Hub 2020:21 Announced

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has welcomed six emerging composers for the sixth year of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, which for the first time welcomes an international participant from Poland. The talented group chosen from dozens of applicants will benefit from working closely with Scotland’s national orchestra as they develop compositions, with guidance from award-winning […]

Changes to upcoming concerts

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced changes to three upcoming Digital Season concerts due to new COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions affecting some artists. 4 December 2020 – Principal Cello Aleksei Kiseliov to play tribute to people of Belarus in folks songs arranged by Principal Horn and composer Christopher Gough. Cornelius Meister to conduct. […]

RSNO Presents free Family Concert Tara the Tugboat

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has produced a brand-new concert film, Tara the Tugboat, for young children and families to enjoy at home for free from Thursday 22 October. The RSNO invite you to join Tara as she sails the sea encountering pirates, mermaids, and more in a singalong accessible show for the whole family. […]

The RSNO and CCC present: The Haunted Concert Hall

Children’s Classic Concerts’ (CCC) Presenter and percussionist, Owen Gunnell, is preparing to walk the eerily empty corridors of the Caird Hall, Dundee - he’s looking forward to dusting off the cobwebs and unpacking his percussion gear.  But, is all as it seems, or is there something strange going on? Launching online from 31 October 2020, […]

RSNO announces changes to Digital Season November concerts

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced changes for two upcoming Digital Season concerts due to new COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions affecting some artists. Fri 6 Nov 2020 Carlos Miguel Prieto is replaced by Tabita Berglund who conducts Sibelius Symphony No7 Fri 20 Nov 2020 Soloist Jörg Widmann steps in to conduct full concert […]


The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is proud to announce Paul Philbert, Principal Timpani of the RSNO, has been awarded a MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for his services to music. Paul joined the RSNO in spring 2018 as Principal Timpani, his latest professional appointment […]

New Young Creatives Programme at RSNO

Young people across Scotland are encouraged by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to apply for its new online youth-led creativity project, Young Creatives. Over the course of eight weeks a group of 20 young musicians aged 14-18 will work with a professional performer and director, along with the Orchestra’s musicians, to produce a radio-show-style music […]

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra Digital Season

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is back with a series of ten brand-new concerts to be enjoyed safely at home as part of its first ever Digital Season. • RSNO launches ten concert digital season led by Music Director Thomas Søndergård • Season celebrates 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven • Season presents a […]


The 2020 Salomon Prize committee has given Special Commendation RSNO Viola player Katherine Wren, recognising her contribution to all aspects of orchestral life and her work Nordic Viola, a project to create and share music with people in remote reaches of the North Atlantic. In considering entries for the prize from across the UK, the […]


The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is joining The Massive Get Together, a brand-new online entertainment event to raise £500,000 for the charity sector, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Massive Get Together will be hosted live online by TV and radio broadcasters Gaby Roslin and Amanda Byram on Thursday 17th September from 8pm. Individuals […]

Applications open for Composers' Hub

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is calling on talented, up-and-coming composers to apply for a place on the coveted Composers' Hub programme for 2020:21. A unique opportunity, participants of the Hub will be teamed up with award-winning composer Stuart MacRae, who will mentor them over the year as they develop a short piece of music […]