RSNO follow the leader for Beethoven programme


RSNO Leader to direct forthcoming Beethoven Five concerts

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) Beethoven Five programme in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow will now be directed by RSNO Leader Sharon Roffman.

The programme, to be performed at Perth Concert Hall on Thursday 2 May, the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 3 May and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 4 May, features Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Symphony No5, and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto K299, with RSNO Principal Flute Katherine Bryan and RSNO Harp Pippa Tunnell as soloists.

The move to perform the programmes directed from the first chair was proposed by the musicians and fully endorsed by Music Director Thomas Søndergård.

RSNO Leader Sharon Roffman: “One of the fun things about playing with different conductors every week is that we, the musicians, get to be like musical chameleons, changing styles and interpretations according to each conductor’s taste and ideas.   The great part about playing without a conductor in a collective spirit, is that each musician no matter which chair or instrument, has a voice and is part of the process of creating a unique interpretation, unmistakably our own.   I’m looking forward to embarking on this journey with my colleagues!”

The Beethoven Five concerts are dedicated to the Lillie Bequest Fund in recognition of the RSNO Foundation’s generous support and is recommended by the RSNO’s broadcast partner Classic FM.

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