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.


Søndergård Conducts Mahler Five

‘A symphony must be like the world,’ declared Gustav Mahler. ‘It must embrace everything!’ So what better way for Thomas Søndergård to make his entrance as the RSNO’s new Music Director than by plunging headlong into Mahler’s Fifth Symphony: a sweeping romantic drama of life, death and – of course…

Thu 4 Oct 2018, 7.30PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Søndergård Conducts Mahler Five

Chamber Series: Brilliant Brass

Nothing entertains like a brass quintet – and the RSNO’s world-class brass section always puts on a great show! Today’s concert takes them from Baroque Italy to Romantic Russia; from the lush sounds of American favourite Morten Lauridsen to the irrepressible humour of Malcolm Arnold. It’s all performed with virtuosity,…

Sun 20 Jan 2019, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Chamber Series: Brilliant Brass

Chamber Series: Cellobration

One cello sounds gorgeous. So a whole ensemble of cellos, playing in close harmony…well, it’s the sonic equivalent of drowning in dark chocolate. Artist in Residence Johannes Moser takes the lead, beginning with the timeless purity of unaccompanied Bach, and gradually building through Bach-inspired music across three centuries before arriving…

Sun 28 Apr 2019, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Chamber Series: Cellobration

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Beethoven Symphony No4

This lunchtime, join conductor Eugene Tzigane and the RSNO as they serve up two Beethoven masterpieces guaranteed to raise the spirits! The Egmont Overture is a stirring drama of triumph over impossible odds; the Fourth Symphony is a burst of pure musical sunshine, delivered with breathtaking verve. And, in between,…

Wed 22 May 2019, 1.00PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Beethoven Symphony No4

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