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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.


The Lark Ascending

A blue sky, a soaring bird and a dream of tranquillity – Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending is one of the nation’s favourite classical pieces. But it’s just one face of this great British composer, and today conductor Martin Yates shares an amazing rediscovery: The Future, a visionary masterpiece for…

Fri 8 Nov 2019, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

The Lark Ascending

The Lark Ascending

A blue sky, a soaring bird and a dream of tranquillity – Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending is one of the nation’s favourite classical pieces. But it’s just one face of this great British composer, and today conductor Martin Yates shares an amazing rediscovery: The Future, a visionary masterpiece for…

Sat 9 Nov 2019, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Lark Ascending

Danny Elfman Gala

If you know the theme tune from The Simpsons, you already know the music of Danny Elfman – the genius who created the musical world of Edward Scissorhands, followed Alice into Wonderland and let Tim Burton’s Batman take flight. Outrageously tuneful, deliciously dark or just plain magical, there’s no film…

Fri 29 Nov 2019, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Danny Elfman Gala

Danny Elfman Gala

If you know the theme tune from The Simpsons, you already know the music of Danny Elfman – the genius who created the musical world of Edward Scissorhands, followed Alice into Wonderland and let Tim Burton’s Batman take flight. Outrageously tuneful, deliciously dark or just plain magical, there’s no film…

Sat 30 Nov 2019, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Danny Elfman Gala

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Are you sitting comfortably? Because Alan Cumming wants to tell you a story: the tale of a little girl, a gallant Nutcracker, and the sinister Mouse King. This all-new concert version of The Nutcracker combines Tchaikovsky’s music and the words of the great German storyteller ETA Hoffmann to bring the…

Fri 6 Dec 2019, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Are you sitting comfortably? Because Alan Cumming wants to tell you a story: the tale of a little girl, a gallant Nutcracker, and the sinister Mouse King. This all-new concert version of The Nutcracker combines Tchaikovsky’s music and the words of the great German storyteller ETA Hoffmann to bring the…

Sat 7 Dec 2019, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

No-one writes a melody quite like Tchaikovsky, and no-one makes an orchestra sound more thrilling. Tonight, conductor Teddy Abrams explores two sides of Russia’s most popular composer. There’s the raw emotional drama and unbuttoned celebration of the Fourth Symphony. And then there’s the exuberant fireworks and endless melody of the…

Thu 6 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

No-one writes a melody quite like Tchaikovsky, and no-one makes an orchestra sound more thrilling. Tonight, conductor Teddy Abrams explores two sides of Russia’s most popular composer. There’s the raw emotional drama and unbuttoned celebration of the Fourth Symphony. And then there’s the exuberant fireworks and endless melody of the…

Fri 7 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

No-one writes a melody quite like Tchaikovsky, and no-one makes an orchestra sound more thrilling. Tonight, conductor Teddy Abrams explores two sides of Russia’s most popular composer. There’s the raw emotional drama and unbuttoned celebration of the Fourth Symphony. And then there’s the exuberant fireworks and endless melody of the…

Sat 8 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven never actually called his Fifth Piano Concerto ‘The Emperor’ – it just seemed perfect for a piece that’s so magnificently larger than life. So who better to play it than the charismatic composer and pianist Fazil Say? His Grand Bazaar is a musical tour through the colours, fragrances and…

Thu 12 Mar 2020, 7.30PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven never actually called his Fifth Piano Concerto ‘The Emperor’ – it just seemed perfect for a piece that’s so magnificently larger than life. So who better to play it than the charismatic composer and pianist Fazil Say? His Grand Bazaar is a musical tour through the colours, fragrances and…

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

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven never actually called his Fifth Piano Concerto ‘The Emperor’ – it just seemed perfect for a piece that’s so magnificently larger than life. So who better to play it than the charismatic composer and pianist Fazil Say? His Grand Bazaar is a musical tour through the colours, fragrances and…

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

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Composers’ Hub Workshop

Be there as we hear five brand-new works written especially for the RSNO by the members of the RSNO’s Composers’ Hub. This exciting scheme offers emerging composers the chance to work with the RSNO over the course of a Season, learning what goes on behind the scenes of Scotland’s National…

Tue 14 Apr 2020, 10.00AM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Composers’ Hub Workshop

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