All the Latest News from the RSNO


For its first full Season of the new decade, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has created a programme that is based on artistic excellence, bold repertoire and the importance of culture to a modern Scotland. Concert Highlights Eight Season concerts with Thomas Søndergård including Beethoven Symphony No9 with RSNO Chorus Elim Chan conducts a trio […]

RSNO Appoints Principal Clarinet

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has appointed Timothy Orpen as Principal Clarinet; he is set to take up the post in August ahead of the 2020:21 Season. Timothy joins following an international search for a Principal Clarinet since the 2014 retirement of John Cushing, who held the post for 36 years. Now Scotland’s National Orchestra […]

Concert dedicated to memory of Chorus singer

The Chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will take to the stage this Sunday for a performance of Brahms' German Requiem dedicated to the late Jenny Laidlaw, a cherished member of the RSNO Chorus for more than 45 years. The intimate performance in the New Auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will keep […]

RSNO announces new board member

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced Kat Heathcote has been appointed as a new elected Director on its board. Ms Heathcote, Commercial Director at Witherbys Publishing Group Ltd, is an experienced Director in both Executive and Non-Executive roles and a dedicated supporter of the RSNO. RSNO Chair Dame Sue Bruce: "On behalf of the […]

Final Call for Teens to Takeover RSNO in 2020

16 to 18-year olds across Scotland have just days left to apply for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra two-day intensive work experience: RSNO Takeover. RSNO Takeover 2020 is set to take place on the 15 and 16 June 2020 during which time 50 selected young people will work in departments behind the scenes of Scotland’s […]

Change to Benedetti Concert Programmes

Audiences in Scotland will get a sneak peek of the RSNO’s 2020 touring programme with Nicola Benedetti following a change of concert repertoire next month. Ahead of setting off to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in January, Benedetti will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto for home audiences on the […]

2019:20 Gibson Conducting Fellow Announced

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra have announced the next Sir Alexander Gibson Conducting Fellow is Sarah Charista. Sarah joins Scotland’s National Orchestra for the year-long choral training post after graduating from the University of Birmingham where she received a music scholarship to earn a Postgraduate in Choral Conducting under the supervision of Simon Halsey, Simon […]

Danny Elfman to appear at RSNO Gala Concerts

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced that internationally-acclaimed composer Danny Elfman will be appearing at gala concerts celebrating his classical and film work, in Edinburgh and Glasgow this month (November). The Danny Elfman Gala on November 29 and 30 will feature the composer’s beloved music from Alice in Wonderland, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and the […]

RSNO to visit Stranraer pupils

Primary 7s across Stranraer are set to add a new string to their bow before heading off to secondary school next year, with a bit of help from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The RSNO comes to Stranraer Academy on Tuesday 29 October to work with 150 Primary 7 and Secondary 1 pupils in a […]

RSNO Composers’ Hub 2019:20 Announced

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has welcomed five emerging composers for its fifth year of the RSNO Composers’ Hub. The talented group chosen from around 100 applicants will benefit from working closely with Scotland’s national orchestra as they develop compositions, with helpful guidance from award-winning composer and RSNO Composers’ Hub mentor Stuart MacRae. Making up […]

Music and Science Extravaganza from Children's Classic Concerts

Saturday 26th October 2019, 3.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Sunday 27th October 2019, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh Chemisty, astronomy, music, and even time-travel are set to collide this month as Children’s Classic Concerts (CCC) take Scotland’s youngsters on a whirlwind musical tour in their extravaganza show ‘Weird Science.’ Now in its 25th Anniversary year, Children’s […]

Catriona Morison announced as Guest Soloist in change to November concert

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced changes to the Saint-Saëns Symphony No3 Organ concerts next month, with news that Catriona Morison will replace Dame Sarah Connolly as guest soloist in the first half of the concert. Dame Sarah was due to perform two concerts with the RSNO on November 1 and 2, however in […]