RSNO to open Concert Season in Dundee

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will open it’s 2019:20 Season at the Caird Hall in Dundee, joined by Arbroath-born mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill.

Following on from the successes of last year, which included increased audience figures across the country, the RSNO returns with popular Music Director Thomas Søndergård who will conduct 24 concerts across Scotland this Season, beginning in Dundee.

The ‘Golden Age of Vienna’ inspired programme is brought to the city currently experiencing its own golden age as a leading hub of culture having just celebrated the success of the V&A Dundee which attracted more than 830,000 visitors in its first year.

Bill Chandler, RSNO Director of Concerts and Engagement, said: “The whole team at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is so excited to be opening our Season in Dundee, a city that is really putting itself front and centre of modern cultural offerings in Scotland. The Caird Hall is one of the best concert venues in the country and will be a superb home for Mahler’s heroic Symphony 1 – Titan, and the glorious voice of Karen Cargill who joins us for Berg’s Seven Early Songs.

“It’s fitting that this programme and the season ahead pays homage to the golden age of Vienna where musicians and artists really shaped their city, much like the modern push we see in Dundee for culture to be at the heart of major developments.”

Guest soloist Karen Cargill said: “Being Arbroath born and bred I can’t wait to be in Dundee to be part of opening the 2019/20 season with the RSNO. This particular concert is incredibly special for me, singing songs I love with my national orchestra, in a city I know so well. Please come and join us to help us celebrate Dundee!”

The RSNO thanks the Northwood Charitable Trust for their kind generosity toward supporting this concert and other RSNO activities across Dundee.

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Picture credit: Nadine Boyd.