Directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UKs most dynamic and in-demand Choral Conductors, they perform around 15 times per Season with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2018 the RSNO Chorus celebrated its 175th anniversary, making it one of the oldest symphonic choruses in the world.
The RSNO Chorus has over 130 members from across Scotland, and perform regularly with leading international conductors and RSNO Music Director Thomas Søndergård. The Chorus perform a wide range of repertoire, from large scale choral works to well-known film scores. Recent repertoire highlights are Bernstein’s Mass, Brahms’ Requiem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Poulenc’s Gloria and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and in 2018 they gave a widely acclaimed performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the BBC Proms.
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 Järvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both been subject to high critical acclaim.
The RSNO is always happy to hear from singers of all voice parts who are interested in joining. Rehearsals take place weekly in the RSNO Centre in Glasgow and members receive a wide range of benefits as well as the opportunity to perform with the RSNO.
The RSNO Chorus were in fabulous form, especially in the semi-a-capella sections. Their application to the music, coupled with director Gregory Batsleer's interpretation, yielded a magnificent delivery.