The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced changes to three upcoming Digital Season concerts due to new COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions affecting some artists.
29 January 2021: Sharon Roffman plays solo violin for Dvořák Romance for Violin and Price’s Violin Concerto No2, as Stefan Jackiw is unable to travel.
12 February 2021: Edward Gardner conducts the RSNO for Paul Lewis plays Grieg as Cornelius Meister is unable to travel due to restrictions. Programme running order has also changed.
26 February 2021: Nicky Spence is solo tenor to sing Britten’s Les Illuminations, as Edgaras Montvidas is unable to travel due to restrictions.
On Friday 29 January RSNO Leader Sharon Roffman will play solo violin for Dvořák Romance for Violin and Price’s Violin Concerto No2, as Stefan Jackiw is unavailable to travel to Scotland due to quarantine restrictions. The programme for the concert remains unchanged and is conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing as originally planned. The concert is part of the RSNO’s Scotch Snaps series which celebrates composers born or living in Scotland, with a world premiere performance of Richard Thompson’s Suite from The Mask in the Mirror.
On Friday 12 February, the RSNO is conducted by Edward Gardner for its penultimate Digital Season concert, as Cornelius Meister is unable to join the Orchestra due to quarantine restrictions. The programme is unchanged, though the running order has been altered to open with Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No2 and close with Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No1.
On Friday 26 February, the RSNO welcomes Scottish tenor Nicky Spence to sing Britten’s Les Illuminations. Edgaras Montvidas is unable to travel for that concert recording. The concert is sponsored by Capital Document Solutions and marks the end of the Orchestra’s first Digital Season.
Chief Executive of the RSNO, Alistair Mackie, said: “Thank you to our audiences for your understanding of changes that had to be made during the first ever RSNO Digital Season. We set out to deliver an ambitious season featuring international artists, and we are proud to have delivered that.
“Though some adjustments had to be made due to circumstances out of our control, we have tried to adapt and continue to share music with you all during such a tough year.
“As we head into 2021 we look forward to brighter days ahead and are optimistic of a return to live music. Until we can meet again in concert halls, we will work to bring music into homes around the country. Thank you for your continued support of the RSNO.”
The RSNO thanks the John Ellerman Foundation for its support of the Scotch Snaps series.
For more information on RSNO Digital Season concerts online visit www.rsno.org.uk/digital-season