The RSNO’s magical Christmas Concert returns! Don’t miss this family-friendly event packed full of your favourite festive melodies, singalong carols and Raymond Briggs’ enchanting film The Snowman. Shown on the big screen, the film will be narrated by special guest star Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Mock the Week, Not Going Out) and accompanied by the Orchestra, featuring the wonderful Walking in the Air. So, gather friends and family together and join the RSNO for this special feast of Christmas cheer!
SoloistsHugh Dennis - Presenter RSNO Youth Chorus & Changed Voices - Edinburgh and Glasgow 2pm performances RSNO Chorus - Glasgow 6pm and Dundee performance RSNO Chorus Academy - Glasgow 6pm and Dundee performance
Conductor Neil Ferris
Neil Ferris was appointed Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus in 2017. He is also Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir Sonoro and Music Director of Wimbledon Choral Society. He makes his BBC Proms conducting debut in August, celebrating the 90th Anniversary season of the BBC Symphony Chorus with the premiere of Jonathan Dove’s specially commissioned piece We are one fire.
With Sonoro, Neil has appeared at the St Magnus International Festival, the Wimbledon International Music Festival and at King’s Place in London. In demand as guest conductor at some of the finest choirs in the UK, Neil has worked with London Symphony Chorus, Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Singers and the National Youth Choir of Wales and has prepared choirs for conductors including Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Edward Gardner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Sakari Oramo and Sir Simon Rattle.
Orchestras that Neil has conducted include London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Welsh National Opera, London Mozart Players and Orchestra of the Swan. He made his Royal Opera House conducting debut in a production of Will Tuckett’s ballet The Wind in the Willows. Later this year he will conduct the opening concert of the Derry International Choral Festival with the Ulster Orchestra, and will be a member of the international jury for the competition.
Formerly Director of Choral Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Neil is recognised as one of the country’s leading teachers of choral conducting and has led masterclasses in the UK, USA, Ireland, Denmark and later this year in China and Singapore. In the UK he has been invited to lead masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Recordings include an album of the choral music of Jonathan Dove (Naxos), Fauré Requiem (Convivium), and a regular programme of recordings with Sonoro on the Resonus label. Their album Christmas with Sonoro was Christmas album of choice in the BBC Music Magazine, and followed on from their critically acclaimed debut album Passion and Polyphony featuring works of James MacMillan and Frank Martin. This year sees two releases, Choral Inspirations and an album of the choral music of Martin Bussey. Next year will see the world premiere recording of Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem with the Philharmonia and Wimbledon Choral Society.
Presenter Hugh Dennis
Hugh Dennis is best known for being in BBC2’s hit topical panel show Mock the Week, and BBC1’s hit sitcoms Outnumbered and Not Going Out.
Hugh Dennis began his performing career in 1985, as one half of double act “Punt and Dennis” which led to series such as Carrott Confidential for BBC1 and The Mary Whitehouse Experience, which won the Sony Award for Best Comedy before transferring to BBC2 where it achieved instant success and a cult following. Hugh is also a regular voice on BBC’s radio network both writing and presenting Radio 4’s award winning comedy The Now Show.
His other recent TV credits include Murder They Hope (UKTV), McDonald and Dodds (ITV), Scrambled Eggs (SKY), Fleabag (BBC), Midsomer Murders (ITV), and Ballot Monkeys (CH4). Film credits include Higher Grounds, No Time To Die, Nativity Rocks and All Stars.
More recently he has also had great success as a presenter for The Great British Dig and Hugh’s Huge Homes on More4.
RSNO Youth Chorus
Founded in 1978 by Jean Kidd, the RSNO Youth Chorus (formerly known as the RSNO Junior Chorus) is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television.
The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme Jӓrvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both attracted high critical acclaim.
In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many parts of the world, establishing an international status and touring to Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam and Prague. In 2018 it performed Britten’s War Requiem with the RSNO at the BBC Proms.
The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, it is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, it has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan.