The RSNO’s exciting 2020:21 Season under the baton of Music Director Thomas Søndergård is here! Book your subscription today and enjoy thrilling concerts featuring some of the biggest names in classical music, packed full with the music you love.
We're delighted to welcome world-renowned violinist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Midori, as our Artist in Residence this Season. Midori made her debut with the New York Philharmonic aged just 11 and has enjoyed a stellar career spanning over 35 years. She joins Thomas Søndergård to perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto (October 2020) before returning with the UK premiere of German composer Detlev Glanert's Second Violin Concerto (November 2020).
Scotland and Poland share a rich history of friendship going back over 500 years, so we're excited to celebrate this special relationship with our brand-new series Polska Scotland. Renowned Polish composers Chopin, Szymanowski, Lutosławski and Panufnik all visited Scotland in their lifetimes, with Lutosławski and Panufnik both conducting the RSNO. Throughout this Season, we'll share some of their finest music with you and we're delighted to present the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in concert in March.
Find out more about Polska Scotland here.
We continue our musical party for Beethoven as we celebrate his 250th birthday in 2020. The Season opens with his Ninth Symphony featuring the well-loved Ode to Joy (September 2020), superstar violinist Midori performs his beautiful Violin Concerto (October 2020), Sir Roger Norrington brings his unique artistry to the Pastoral Symphony (October 2020) and Thomas Søndergård pairs the Fifth Symphony with Wagner's sensuous Wesendonck-Lieder (November 2020).
Read John Suchet’s exclusive Beethoven Revolution article and view the series here.
The music of Scotland is as diverse as the nation itself, and it's never been in better health! This Season we present a series of Scotch Snaps - six short pieces composed by some of Scotland's finest living composers. Craig Armstrong and Christopher Duncan rescue lost melodies from St Kilda (November 2020, April 2021); David Fennessy reads the Riot Act (October 2020); and Michael Murray (October 2020) and RSNO Composers' Hub Alumnus Jay Capperauld (September and November 2020) put the RSNO's own players centre stage. No two are alike, yet together they add up to a musical snapshot of a nation. If a picture can paint a thousand words, imagine what Scotland's National Orchestra can do in a live performance!
Nothing can compare to hearing your favourite film and game music performed live by the RSNO! This Season we celebrate the best soundtracks from video games, the outstanding scores from Star Wars and Harry Potter, and the thrilling music from James Bond. Plus, don’t miss the annual RSNO Christmas Concert featuring The Snowman on the big screen and narrated by our special guest, Hugh Dennis.
View all forthcoming film concerts here.
Edinburgh and Glasgow subscriptions for the 2020:21 Season are now on sale.
View all Season concerts here.