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Season Opener: Beethoven Nine

‘Be embraced, you millions. This kiss is for the whole world!’ It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year, and there’s no more joyous way to launch our Season than with his mighty Choral Symphony. Thomas Søndergård conducts the massed forces of the RSNO and RSNO Chorus in this masterpiece which begins…

Fri 18 Sep 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Season Opener: Beethoven Nine

Beethoven Nine

‘Be embraced, you millions. This kiss is for the whole world!’ It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year, and there’s no more joyous way to launch our Season than with his mighty Choral Symphony. Thomas Søndergård conducts the massed forces of the RSNO and RSNO Chorus in this masterpiece which begins…

Sat 19 Sep 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Nine

Midori Plays Beethoven

Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert are three of the greatest names in classical music. Between them, they wrote some of the most glorious music ever created – whether it’s the young Schubert reaching for the stars in his endlessly tuneful Sixth Symphony, or Mozart wowing the Paris public with a symphony…

Fri 2 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Midori Plays Beethoven

Midori Plays Beethoven

Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert are three of the greatest names in classical music. Between them, they wrote some of the most glorious music ever created – whether it’s the young Schubert reaching for the stars in his endlessly tuneful Sixth Symphony, or Mozart wowing the Paris public with a symphony…

Sat 3 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Midori Plays Beethoven

Shostakovich Five

Shostakovich wrote his Fifth Symphony in terror for his life and gave it the title ‘A Soviet artist’s response to justified criticism’. But the music tells another story: of struggle, resistance and the triumph of the human spirit. It’ll make a gripping sequel to the jazz-age glitter and keyboard fireworks…

Fri 9 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Shostakovich Five

Shostakovich Five

Shostakovich wrote his Fifth Symphony in terror for his life and gave it the title ‘A Soviet artist’s response to justified criticism’. But the music tells another story: of struggle, resistance and the triumph of the human spirit. It’ll make a gripping sequel to the keyboard fireworks and heartfelt romance…

Sat 10 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Shostakovich Five

The Rite of Spring

Prepare to be blown away! When The Rite of Spring was premiered in 1913, it caused a riot. We’d rather you didn’t rip the chairs out today, but there’s no question – with Elim Chan conducting – Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet still packs a powerful punch. With a subversive new showpiece…

Fri 23 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring

Prepare to be blown away! When The Rite of Spring was premiered in 1913, it caused a riot. We’d rather you didn’t rip the chairs out today, but there’s no question – with Elim Chan conducting – Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet still packs a powerful punch. With a subversive new showpiece…

Sat 24 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Rite of Spring

Beethoven’s Pastoral

Some conductors are in a class of their own. Sir Roger Norrington is in his eighties, but there’s no mistaking his energy, his artistry, and what The Herald called his ‘magical intimate relationship with our national orchestra’. We’re delighted to welcome him back with a concert that features Haydn at…

Fri 30 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven’s Pastoral

Beethoven’s Pastoral

Some conductors are in a class of their own. Sir Roger Norrington is in his eighties, but there’s no mistaking his energy, his artistry, and what The Herald called his ‘magical intimate relationship with our national orchestra’. We’re delighted to welcome him back with a concert that features Haydn at…

Sat 31 Oct 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven’s Pastoral

Beethoven Five

With Beethoven, four notes are enough to start a revolution. ‘This is how Fate knocks at the door!’ he said, and everyone knows the electrifying opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. But if that’s all you know, you’re in for the musical adventure of a lifetime – a headlong rollercoaster ride…

Fri 6 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven Five

Beethoven Five

With Beethoven, four notes are enough to start a revolution. ‘This is how Fate knocks at the door!’ he said, and everyone knows the electrifying opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. But if that’s all you know, you’re in for the musical adventure of a lifetime – a headlong rollercoaster ride…

Sat 7 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Five

Sibelius Five

When Mendelssohn sailed to Staffa, so taken was he by the sights and sounds that he quickly penned the opening of the Hebrides Overture. Nearly two centuries later, the Scottish composer Craig Armstrong captured the spirit of St Kilda in ravishing music. These two Scottish classics are united by a…

Fri 13 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Sibelius Five

Sibelius Five

When Mendelssohn sailed to Staffa, so taken was he by the sights and sounds that he quickly penned the opening of the Hebrides Overture. Nearly two centuries later, the Scottish composer Craig Armstrong captured the spirit of St Kilda in ravishing music. These two Scottish classics are united by a…

Sat 14 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Sibelius Five

Paul Lewis Plays Grieg

Paul Lewis has been called ‘the finest British pianist for generations’. Tonight, he joins the RSNO to perform Grieg’s unabashedly romantic Piano Concerto, which dances and dazzles with hints of Norwegian melodies. It’s a beautiful contrast to Brahms’ tempestuous, triumphant First Symphony, and the perfect way to follow Fèin-Aithne, our…

Fri 27 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Paul Lewis Plays Grieg

Paul Lewis Plays Grieg

Paul Lewis has been called ‘the finest British pianist for generations’. Tonight, he joins the RSNO to perform Grieg’s unabashedly romantic Piano Concerto, which dances and dazzles with hints of Norwegian melodies. It’s a beautiful contrast to Brahms’ tempestuous, triumphant First Symphony, and the perfect way to follow Fèin-Aithne, our…

Sat 28 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Paul Lewis Plays Grieg

Scheherazade

Gemma New and the RSNO head east, to lands of fabulous legends and untamed passions. A courageous and beautiful woman teaches a cruel sultan how to love in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Borodin cuts loose with the warriors of Central Asia in the explosive Polovtsian Dances. And amid the hills and forests…

Fri 4 Dec 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Scheherazade

Scheherazade

Gemma New and the RSNO head east, to lands of fabulous legends and untamed passions. A courageous and beautiful woman teaches a cruel sultan how to love in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Borodin cuts loose with the warriors of Central Asia in the explosive Polovtsian Dances. And amid the hills and forests…

Sat 5 Dec 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Scheherazade

Swan Lake

Between day and night, between memories and dreams – that’s where the imagination runs wild. And it never runs wilder, or more gloriously free, then in Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s shimmering, sensuous Song of the Night. Thomas Søndergård adores this music, and he’s woven it into a sequence that embraces…

Fri 11 Dec 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Between day and night, between memories and dreams – that’s where the imagination runs wild. And it never runs wilder, or more gloriously free, then in Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s shimmering, sensuous Song of the Night. Thomas Søndergård adores this music, and he’s woven it into a sequence that embraces…

Sat 12 Dec 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Swan Lake

Gershwin & Rachmaninov

New worlds for old. George Gershwin once asked Maurice Ravel to teach him how to compose – he didn’t realise that Ravel was actually his greatest fan! Few living musicians conduct both of them with the sheer, irresistible flair of John Wilson, just as no-one plays Gershwin’s swinging Piano Concerto…

Fri 5 Feb 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Gershwin & Rachmaninov

Gershwin & Rachmaninov

New worlds for old. George Gershwin once asked Maurice Ravel to teach him how to compose – he didn’t realise that Ravel was actually his greatest fan! Few living musicians conduct both of them with the sheer, irresistible flair of John Wilson, just as no-one plays Gershwin’s swinging Piano Concerto…

Sat 6 Feb 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Gershwin & Rachmaninov

Bruch Scottish Fantasy

Elgar’s epic First Symphony is packed with stirring melodies, but it’s driven by secret longings and dark emotions. Thomas Adès Powder Her Face portrays the scandalous Duchess of Argyll in music that simply refuses to sit down and be polite. And who’d have guessed that one of the all-time great…

Fri 12 Feb 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Bruch Scottish Fantasy

Bruch Scottish Fantasy

Elgar’s epic First Symphony is packed with stirring melodies, but it’s driven by secret longings and dark emotions. Thomas Adès Powder Her Face portrays the scandalous Duchess of Argyll in music that simply refuses to sit down and be polite. And who’d have guessed that one of the all-time great…

Sat 13 Feb 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Bruch Scottish Fantasy

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Four

A savage fanfare blasts out, but for Tchaikovsky this wasn’t just music but the sound of Fate itself. His Fourth Symphony tells the story of his emotional struggle – an electrifying showcase for the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, visiting Scotland as part of our year-long celebration of Polish culture.…

Sat 6 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Four

Sibelius One

Meet Japanese keyboard phenomenon Makoto Ozone – a jazz legend as well as a master of the classical piano, whose Mozart simply has to be heard to be believed. He’s the centre of a kaleidoscope of a concert which begins with Elgar’s musical trip back to his own childhood, and…

Fri 12 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Sibelius One

Sibelius One

Meet Japanese keyboard phenomenon Makoto Ozone – a jazz legend as well as a master of the classical piano, whose Mozart simply has to be heard to be believed. He’s the centre of a kaleidoscope of a concert which begins with Elgar’s musical trip back to his own childhood, and…

Sat 13 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Sibelius One

Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

There’s a lot more to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet than just the theme tune to The Apprentice - no composer has ever got close to capturing the tenderness, the violence and the pure emotion of Shakespeare’s great love story. Conductor Ludovic Morlot will make every note count; but first, experience…

Fri 26 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

There’s a lot more to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet than just the theme tune to The Apprentice - no composer has ever got close to capturing the tenderness, the violence and the pure emotion of Shakespeare’s great love story. Conductor Ludovic Morlot will make every note count; but first, experience…

Sat 27 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

Nicola Benedetti with NYOS & RSNO

There’s nothing quite like Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony: music with the power of an artillery barrage, a life-or-death struggle for freedom, written in a city under siege. Imagine hearing it unleashed by the combined forces of the RSNO and the superb young players of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. And…

Fri 16 Apr 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Nicola Benedetti with NYOS & RSNO

Nicola Benedetti with NYOS & RSNO

There’s nothing quite like Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony: music with the power of an artillery barrage, a life-or-death struggle for freedom, written in a city under siege. Imagine hearing it unleashed by the combined forces of the RSNO and the superb young players of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. And…

Sat 17 Apr 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Nicola Benedetti with NYOS & RSNO

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

No-one makes music come alive quite like Nicola Benedetti, and she’s passionate about bringing the new Violin Concerto by the young Liverpudlian composer Mark Simpson to Scotland. But that’s not all. There’s a musical voyage to St Kilda, a blaze of folk fiddle from rural Hungary, and to round it…

Fri 23 Apr 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

No-one makes music come alive quite like Nicola Benedetti, and she’s passionate about bringing the new Violin Concerto by the young Liverpudlian composer Mark Simpson to Scotland. But that’s not all. There’s a musical voyage to St Kilda, a blaze of folk fiddle from rural Hungary, and to round it…

Sat 24 Apr 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Nicola Benedetti Plays Simpson

Fauré’s Requiem

Still waters run deep. Gabriel Fauré was a quiet man, and there’s no anger or fury in his haunting Requiem - just some of the most beautiful choral music ever written, masking a whole world of heartfelt emotion. It’s a lovely showcase for our superb Junior Chorus, and a radiant…

Fri 30 Apr 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Fauré’s Requiem

Fauré’s Requiem

Still waters run deep. Gabriel Fauré was a quiet man, and there’s no anger or fury in his haunting Requiem - just some of the most beautiful choral music ever written, masking a whole world of heartfelt emotion. It’s a lovely showcase for our superb Junior Chorus, and a radiant…

Sat 1 May 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Fauré’s Requiem

Benjamin Grosvenor Plays Chopin

‘Cannons hidden in flowers’ was how one writer described the music of Chopin – and throughout the long and stormy history of Polish music, dazzling colours and heartfelt romance have gone hand in hand with fiery national pride. Expect poetry and panache from Benjamin Grosvenor, a young pianist with charisma…

Fri 14 May 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Benjamin Grosvenor Plays Chopin

Benjamin Grosvenor Plays Chopin

‘Cannons hidden in flowers’ was how one writer described the music of Chopin – and throughout the long and stormy history of Polish music, dazzling colours and heartfelt romance have gone hand in hand with fiery national pride. Expect poetry and panache from Benjamin Grosvenor, a young pianist with charisma…

Sat 15 May 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Benjamin Grosvenor Plays Chopin

Season Finale: Mahler Two

A man stands alone at a graveside and takes the first step on a journey that will take him to the end of the world – and beyond. Heaven and hell, joy and terror, Viennese waltzes and distant trumpets… this is Mahler’s epic Resurrection Symphony packed with emotion. Thomas Søndergård…

Fri 4 Jun 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Season Finale: Mahler Two

Season Finale: Mahler Two

A man stands alone at a graveside and takes the first step on a journey that will take him to the end of the world – and beyond. Heaven and hell, joy and terror, Viennese waltzes and distant trumpets… this is Mahler’s epic Resurrection Symphony packed with emotion. Thomas Søndergård…

Sat 5 Jun 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Season Finale: Mahler Two

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