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Everyone here at the RSNO is thinking of young people across the country who may be experiencing some tough times just now. We are currently working with a group of eight young people who have formed our first Youth Advisory Board. This group of young people really wanted to do something to share their love of music with other young people, particularly at the moment when things may be difficult. We hope you enjoy this selection of Spotify playlists created by our Youth Advisory Board as well as our staff picks of videos created during lockdown, and that this cultural care package from us to you helps.

From all the staff at RSNO and the RSNO Youth Advisory Board (Laura, Anthony, Emily, Zoe, Iona, Niamh and Olivia).

Spotify Playlists

"We chose pieces of music for our playlist that show how diverse classical music can be. We really hope you enjoy what we have chosen, and that it allows you to discover new music that you love." Emily and Zoe

"Through these strange times, I thought I'd put together some songs that were a combination of upbeat and relaxing. Remember - life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it. Stay safe!" Niamh

“I wanted to pick music that evokes feelings of calm and relaxation, because as a student myself I know how stressful things can get, especially right now when there are few opportunities to socialise. If you close your eyes and put this playlist on shuffle hopefully many of your worries will disappear for a while so you can escape from reality for at least a few moments! Happy listening.” Iona

“This playlist includes music that I most frequently listened to in order to help me relax during lockdown. These include pieces that have allowed me to focus on my work and study during time at home when my focus was not as good as in school. I hope the playlist will be useful for all the Zoom call lessons taking place right now! Take care.” Olivia

“I chose a mix of classical and 'pop' songs in this playlist, however, I chose songs that all had classical influences. I love all the artists and songs/pieces in the playlist and hope you do too!” Laura

Staff Picks

Bekah, Artistic Planning & Tours Manager
RSNO Friday Night Club – Mahler Symphony No1

"Mahler’s First Symphony is one of my all-time favourite pieces of music and the concert where this was filmed was a really special event. It was the week of our Music Director Thomas Søndergård’s 50th Birthday and just a week after we’d been on tour to Paris to perform the Symphony. It was a really special week for the RSNO and full of lots of fun memories for me. It might be quite long, but the piece tells a real story and you’ll be lost in the music. It will really reset you and inspire you for whatever you need to tackle next."

Emma, Deputy Orchestra Manager

RSNO Junior Chorus performing ‘Warm Summer Sun’ by Nico Muhly (words by Mark Twain)

"I’m a fan of Nico’s music so it was really cool to hear the Junior Chorus performing one of his songs. Listening to it now as it gets a bit miserable outside, it’s like a gentle farewell to the summer as the nights draw in. I kind of lean into Autumn to keep the dark and cold evenings at bay. So another 25 listens of this with butternut squash soup, a Gilmore Girls re-watch and spooky walk up the Glasgow Necropolis are all on the cards."

Rosie, Learning and Engagement Officer

RSNO Sunday Sounds – Excerpts from 44 Duos by Bela Bartók

"Bartók is one of my favourite composers! These characterful duets, played here by our two associate leaders Emily and Lena, are a lovely bitesize introduction to Bartók’s music. I recommend making a cup of tea, and sitting down to watch these if you need a break from studying, or if you want to ‘reset’ your brain before moving on to the next thing."

Laura, Head of Learning and Engagement
RSNO Challenge - Challenge 6: Pin the Fiver and More

"I have loved trying out the different challenges our musicians have set the public and Challenge 6 was my favourite. I didn't beat Dávur, the musician in the video, but I did come quite close. Can you do better? Give these challenges a try if you just need five minutes of fun. I think we all need that in our lives just now..."

Matthias, Concerts Administrator

RSNO Chorus singing Brahms German Requiem

"I fell in love with this piece when I first heard it as a teenager. Not only is the performance wonderful, but I think it is a comforting piece for a time of crisis such as this. Much of the text talks about how those who mourn will be comforted and that despite current hardship, joy will come again."

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