On Tour with Scotland’s National Orchestra

Since our very first foreign tour to The Netherlands in 1896 under Principal Conductor Willem Kes, Scotland's National Orchestra has travelled the globe, flying the flag for Scotland's world-class music making on the international stage.

In recent years, the RSNO has made tours to Austria, Italy, Slovenia Germany, the United States of America, Spain, France and China.

Tours Since 2000

RSNO European Tour 2020

In January 2020, the RSNO performed six concerts in Germany (Ludwigsburg, Aachen, Regensburg, Friedrichshafen), Belgium (Antwerp) and the Netherlands (Eindhoven), with Music Director Thomas Søndergård and violinist Nicola Benedetti. The RSNO's European tour was supported by the Scottish Government's Touring Fund.

RSNO Paris Tour 2019

In September 2019, violinist James Ehnes joined the RSNO and Music Director Thomas Søndergård for two concerts at La Seine Musicale. The RSNO's Paris tour was supported by the Scottish Government's Touring Fund.

RSNO USA Tour 2019

The RSNO made their second visit to the USA in 35 years in March and April 2019, performing six concerts in Tuscon, Palm Desert, Aliso Viejo, Northridge, Santa Barbara and UC Davis with Music Director Thomas Søndergård, pianist Olga Kern, violinist Sandy Cameron and narrator Clyde Kusatsu. The RSNO’s tour of the USA was supported by the Scottish Government’s Touring Fund and the RSNO Foundation.

RSNO China Tour 2018/19

The RSNO made their second visit to China for New Year 2019 performing six concerts in Nanning, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Linyi, Jinan and at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing with Music Director, Thomas Søndergård and violinist Nicola Benedetti. The RSNO’s tour of China was supported by the Scottish Government’s International Touring Fund.

RSNO European Tour 2018

In May 2018, the RSNO embarked on its fifth and final international tour with Music Director Peter Oundjian, with a five-date tour of Europe. The Orchestra performed concerts in Bregenz and Innsbruck (Austria), Bergamo (Italy), Ljbuljana (Slovenia) and Dresden (Germany). Performing works by Britten, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, Peter and the RSNO were joined by a triumvirate of soloists: violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Jan Vogler, and pianist Martin Stadtfeld.

RSNO Florida Tour 2017

In March 2017, the RSNO made its first tour to the United States of America in 35 years with Music Director Peter Oundjian at the helm and guest soloist Scottish superstar Nicola Benedetti. The eight-concert tour of the State of Florida included concerts in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, Vero Beach, Gainesville, Fort Myers, and Daytona Beach. The tour was supported by Dunard Fund, Northwood Charitable Trust and the Scottish Government International Touring Fund.

RSNO Spain Tour 2017

The RSNO returned to Europe in January 2017 for a five-date tour of Spain with Music Director Peter Oundjian and pianist Ingrid Fliter. The Orchestra visited Alicante, Zaragoza, Logroño, Santander and Castellón.

RSNO in Aix-en-Provence 2013

In November 2013, the RSNO, Music Director Peter Oundjian and pianist Nikolai Lugansky made a whirlwind trip to Aix-en-Provence in France for a concert of music by Messiaen, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

RSNO China Tour 2012/13

The RSNO spent Hogmanay and the first week of 2013 in China as it embarked on the first foreign tour with Music Director Peter Oundjian, and pipers from the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. With the assistance of the Scottish Government's International Touring Fund (ITF), this was the Orchestra's first tour to China. The tour consisted of six performances in five cities: Shenzhen, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Macau.

RSNO at the Mendelssohn Festival, Leipzig 2011

The RSNO were invited to perform at the 2011 Mendelssohn Festival at the historic Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany. The Orchestra, conducted by Frank-Michael Erben, opened the concert with Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony (the Scottish), followed by James MacMillan’s Three Interludes from his opera The Sacrifice, and concluded with Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

RSNO European Tour 2010

In February 2010, the Orchestra along with Music Director Stéphane Denève and violinist Hilary Hahn, made a six-city tour of Europe, visiting: Baden-Baden (Germany), Luxembourg, Paris (France), Munich (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Belgrade (Serbia).

RSNO Amsterdam 2010

In January 2010, Music Director Stéphane Denève and full RSNO family – the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus and RSNO Junior Chorus – made their first joint appearance at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. They were joined by soprano Lisa Milne and baritone Christopher Maltman for a performance of Fauré's Requiem.

RSNO Spain Tour 2008

In May 2008, the Orchestra toured Spain with Music Director Stéphane Denève and violinist Nicola Benedetti, visiting five cities: Murcia, Pamplona, Salamanca, Leon and Madrid.

RSNO European Tour 2008

In late-January/early-February 2008, the Orchestra and Music Director Stéphane Denève were joined by violinist Hilary Hahn for a six-date tour of Europe, taking in four cities in Germany (Bielefeld, Baden-Baden, Regensburg and Essen), Vienna (Austria) and Zagreb (Croatia).

RSNO Austria and Croatia Tour 2005

Conductor Emeritus Walter Weller returned to the podium of the RSNO in May 2005 for a four-date tour of Europe.  Together with pianist Mikhail Rudy, the Orchestra and Maestro Weller visited Vienna, Salzburg and Linz in Austria and Zagreb in Croatia.

RSNO Sweden Tour 2004

Principal Conductor Alexander Lazarev and the Orchestra went on their final tour together in Sweden in October 2004.  They were joined by Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus for a tour of her homeland, taking in Stockholm, Linköping, Malmö, Gothenburg and Vara.

RSNO Spain Tour 2001

In May 2001, the Orchestra and Principal Conductor Alexander Lazarev were joined by Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek for a tour of Spain. Together they performed in Madrid, Oviedo, Murcia and Pamplona.

RSNO European 2000

Principal Conductor Walter Weller and the Orchestra took their final tour together in October 2000.  They were joined on stage by Russian-born cellist Boris Piergamienszczikow and RSNO Principal Bassoon Julian Roberts also took the soloist's spotlight. The mammoth nine-stop tour took in Bratislava (Slovakia), Zagreb (Croatia) and seven cities in Austria: Innsbruck, Villach, Graz, Leoben, Vienna, Salzburg, Vienna, Salzburg and Linz.

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