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New Music

Since its official founding in 1891, Scotland's National Orchestra has had a passion for new music, regularly commissioning composers of the day and giving world, UK and Scottish premieres of many new works. That passion continues to this day with the Orchestra regularly performing new works as part of our Season concerts.

Established in 2015, the RSNO Composers' Hub continues the Orchestra's commitment to supporting emerging composers. In addition, our nationwide composition competition Notes from Scotland is an exciting composition opportunity for young, budding composers aged 12–18.

Below are our forthcoming concerts that feature RSNO commissions, premieres or new music.


Season Opener: Beethoven Nine

‘Be embraced, you millions. This kiss is for the whole world!’ It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year, and there’s no more joyous way to launch our Season than with his mighty Choral Symphony. Thomas Søndergård conducts the massed forces of the RSNO and RSNO Chorus in this masterpiece which begins…

Fri 18 Sep 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Season Opener: Beethoven Nine

Beethoven Nine

‘Be embraced, you millions. This kiss is for the whole world!’ It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year, and there’s no more joyous way to launch our Season than with his mighty Choral Symphony. Thomas Søndergård conducts the massed forces of the RSNO and RSNO Chorus in this masterpiece which begins…

Sat 19 Sep 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Nine

The Rite of Spring

Prepare to be blown away! When The Rite of Spring was premiered in 1913, it caused a riot. We’d rather you didn’t rip the chairs out today, but there’s no question – with Elim Chan conducting – Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet still packs a powerful punch. With a subversive new showpiece…

Fri 23 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring

Prepare to be blown away! When The Rite of Spring was premiered in 1913, it caused a riot. We’d rather you didn’t rip the chairs out today, but there’s no question – with Elim Chan conducting – Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet still packs a powerful punch. With a subversive new showpiece…

Sat 24 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Rite of Spring

Sibelius Five

When Mendelssohn sailed to Staffa, so taken was he by the sights and sounds that he quickly penned the opening of the Hebrides Overture. Nearly two centuries later, the Scottish composer Craig Armstrong captured the spirit of St Kilda in ravishing music. These two Scottish classics are united by a…

Fri 13 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Sibelius Five

Sibelius Five

When Mendelssohn sailed to Staffa, so taken was he by the sights and sounds that he quickly penned the opening of the Hebrides Overture. Nearly two centuries later, the Scottish composer Craig Armstrong captured the spirit of St Kilda in ravishing music. These two Scottish classics are united by a…

Sat 14 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Sibelius Five

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

No-one makes music come alive quite like Nicola Benedetti, and she’s passionate about bringing the new Violin Concerto by the young Liverpudlian composer Mark Simpson to Scotland. But that’s not all. There’s a musical voyage to St Kilda, a blaze of folk fiddle from rural Hungary, and to round it…

Fri 23 Apr 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

No-one makes music come alive quite like Nicola Benedetti, and she’s passionate about bringing the new Violin Concerto by the young Liverpudlian composer Mark Simpson to Scotland. But that’s not all. There’s a musical voyage to St Kilda, a blaze of folk fiddle from rural Hungary, and to round it…

Sat 24 Apr 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

Composers' Hub Workshop

The RSNO’s Composers’ Hub goes from strength to strength. An exciting scheme which offers emerging composers the chance to work with the RSNO over the course of a Season, this year our composers will be focusing on the theme of migration. In this public workshop you will hear five brand-new…

Tue 27 Apr 2021, 10.00AM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Composers' Hub Workshop

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