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Under 16s Go Free!

With the RSNO there’s no need to pay the babysitter! Children are welcome to all RSNO Season concerts in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. From Beethoven to Tchaikovsky, children aged 15 and under can experience the full wonder of the RSNO live in concert for free when accompanied by an adult*. Plus, show your Under 16s ticket to the programme sellers on the night and you’ll receive a free programme.

*Maximum two free children per adult ticket. Additional children £6 each.

Concerts where Under 16s go free:


Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Don’t be misled by the title: Pathétique means ‘full of feeling’, and no symphony wears its heart quite so passionately on its sleeve as Tchaikovsky’s Sixth, a no-holds-barred musical autobiography by a composer on the edge. Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO will go straight for the emotional jugular, but not…

Fri 22 Nov 2019, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Don’t be misled by the title: Pathétique means ‘full of feeling’, and no symphony wears its heart quite so passionately on its sleeve as Tchaikovsky’s Sixth, a no-holds-barred musical autobiography by a composer on the edge. Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO will go straight for the emotional jugular, but not…

Sat 23 Nov 2019, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

In Focus with Steven Osborne: What Does Music Mean?

Steven Osborne is well known for his insightful talks about music and his reflections on the nature of performance and how to listen. Join him for an afternoon as, at the piano and using recordings of music from Beethoven to Joni Mitchell, he explores the seemingly mysterious power that music…

Sun 24 Nov 2019, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

In Focus with Steven Osborne: What Does Music Mean?

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Are you sitting comfortably? Because Alan Cumming wants to tell you a story: the tale of a little girl, a gallant Nutcracker, and the sinister Mouse King. This all-new concert version of The Nutcracker combines Tchaikovsky’s music and the words of the great German storyteller ETA Hoffmann to bring the…

Fri 6 Dec 2019, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Are you sitting comfortably? Because Alan Cumming wants to tell you a story: the tale of a little girl, a gallant Nutcracker, and the sinister Mouse King. This all-new concert version of The Nutcracker combines Tchaikovsky’s music and the words of the great German storyteller ETA Hoffmann to bring the…

Sat 7 Dec 2019, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

A Ceremony of Carols

Ticket Availability Alert: Sold Out

‘Wolcum alle and make good cheer!’ From the air and water of his native Suffolk, Benjamin Britten crafted a musical Christmas celebration like no other. His Ceremony of Carols is a bright-eyed welcome to the festive season performed by the young singers of our fantastic RSNO Junior Chorus. We are…

Sun 8 Dec 2019, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

A Ceremony of Carols

Nicola Benedetti in Concert

Please note change to previously advertised programme:
Nicola Benedetti will now perform Sibelius Violin Concerto in place of Bartok Violin Concerto No2.

What can we tell you about Nicola Benedetti – except that when the nation's favourite violinist teams up with the RSNO, something exciting happens. In a special treat for Scottish…

Fri 13 Dec 2019, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Nicola Benedetti in Concert

Nicola Benedetti in Concert

Ticket Availability Alert: Limited Availability

Please note change to previously advertised programme:
Nicola Benedetti will now perform Sibelius Violin Concerto in place of Bartok Violin Concerto No2.

What can we tell you about Nicola Benedetti – except that when the nation's favourite violinist teams up with the RSNO, something exciting happens. In a special treat for Scottish…

Sat 14 Dec 2019, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Nicola Benedetti in Concert

Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah isn’t so much an oratorio as an institution. Everyone knows the Hallelujah chorus, but if that’s all you know, you’re in for a wonderful surprise, because every note is just as uplifting. Ev’ry Valley, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, The Trumpet Shall Sound...you know the tunes…

Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.00PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Handel's Messiah

Brahms' German Requiem

The RSNO Chorus sounds great in the Royal Concert Hall, so imagine how it’ll feel to hear them singing up close and personal in the wonderfully intimate setting of the New Auditorium. Written in memory of his mother, Brahms’ German Requiem is the great master at his most tender and…

Sun 2 Feb 2020, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Brahms' German Requiem

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

No-one writes a melody quite like Tchaikovsky, and no-one makes an orchestra sound more thrilling. Tonight, conductor Teddy Abrams explores two sides of Russia’s most popular composer. There’s the raw emotional drama and unbuttoned celebration of the Fourth Symphony. And then there’s the exuberant fireworks and endless melody of the…

Thu 6 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

No-one writes a melody quite like Tchaikovsky, and no-one makes an orchestra sound more thrilling. Tonight, conductor Teddy Abrams explores two sides of Russia’s most popular composer. There’s the raw emotional drama and unbuttoned celebration of the Fourth Symphony. And then there’s the exuberant fireworks and endless melody of the…

Fri 7 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

No-one writes a melody quite like Tchaikovsky, and no-one makes an orchestra sound more thrilling. Tonight, conductor Teddy Abrams explores two sides of Russia’s most popular composer. There’s the raw emotional drama and unbuttoned celebration of the Fourth Symphony. And then there’s the exuberant fireworks and endless melody of the…

Sat 8 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Romantic Grieg

Grieg’s phenomenally popular Piano Concerto sits at the heart of this Valentine’s concert, and we’re thrilled to welcome award-winning pianist Florian Mitrea to perform it especially for you. Relax and enjoy an intoxicating evening of the most romantic music imaginable, including Tchaikovsky’s achingly passionate Fantasy Overture based on Shakespeare’s tale…

Thu 13 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Music Hall, Aberdeen
Box Office: 01224 641 122

Romantic Grieg

Romantic Grieg

Grieg’s phenomenally popular Piano Concerto sits at the heart of this Valentine’s concert, and we’re thrilled to welcome award-winning pianist Florian Mitrea to perform it especially for you. Relax and enjoy an intoxicating evening of the most romantic music imaginable, including Tchaikovsky’s achingly passionate Fantasy Overture based on Shakespeare’s tale…

Fri 14 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Romantic Grieg

Romantic Grieg

Grieg’s phenomenally popular Piano Concerto sits at the heart of this Valentine’s concert, and we’re thrilled to welcome award-winning pianist Florian Mitrea to perform it especially for you. Relax and enjoy an intoxicating evening of the most romantic music imaginable, including Tchaikovsky’s achingly passionate Fantasy Overture based on Shakespeare’s tale…

Sat 15 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Romantic Grieg

[Inside] Out: Beethoven @ 250

250 years after his birth in Germany, Ludwig van Beethoven still towers over western culture. Tonight, conductor Elim Chan, presenter Tom Redmond and the RSNO explore the man behind the myth, the way he would have wanted – through his music. With anecdotes, illustrations and live musical examples, it’s a…

Wed 19 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

[Inside] Out: Beethoven @ 250

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

‘There are and have been many princes. But there is only one Beethoven.’ Ludwig van Beethoven was a visionary, a hero, an iconoclast and a superstar. But above all, he was a revolutionary – and when you hear his Seventh Symphony in full, headlong flight, you might feel like punching…

Fri 21 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

‘There are and have been many princes. But there is only one Beethoven.’ Ludwig van Beethoven was a visionary, a hero, an iconoclast and a superstar. But above all, he was a revolutionary – and when you hear his Seventh Symphony in full, headlong flight, you might feel like punching…

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

Chamber Series: French Songs with Karen Cargill

Delicious decadence… at the start of the 20th century, Paris was the world’s capital of art, luxury and l’amour. This exquisite recital from Scotland’s international star mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill dives deep into that sensuous, seductive world – from the steamy cabaret songs of Claude Debussy to the moonlit romance of…

Sun 23 Feb 2020, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Chamber Series: French Songs with Karen Cargill

Beethoven Revolution: Eroica

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony begins with a controlled explosion: two centuries later, music is still reeling from the aftershock. And three decades after he recorded the Beethoven symphonies, the world of music is still dealing with Sir Roger Norrington’s revelatory approach to these incredible scores. He’s still just as inspiring: so…

Fri 28 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven Revolution: Eroica

Beethoven Revolution: Eroica

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony begins with a controlled explosion: two centuries later, music is still reeling from the aftershock. And three decades after he recorded the Beethoven symphonies, the world of music is still dealing with Sir Roger Norrington’s revelatory approach to these incredible scores. He’s still just as inspiring: so…

Sat 29 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Revolution: Eroica

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

‘I mean to portray in music the whole story of the human race…’ Richard Strauss did everything on a spectacular scale, and if you only know Also sprach Zarathustra from 2001: A Space Odyssey, you haven’t heard the half of it! But there’s more: Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

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

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

‘I mean to portray in music the whole story of the human race…’ Richard Strauss did everything on a spectacular scale, and if you only know Also sprach Zarathustra from 2001: A Space Odyssey, you haven’t heard the half of it! But there’s more: Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

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

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Chamber Series: Beethoven Revolution - Steven Osborne Recital

Ask Steven Osborne which music he’d choose above all others, and he replies ‘Beethoven, for the enormous emotional range, the intellectual engagement, the earthiness, the humour, and the genius way of dealing with musical structure.’ So even though there’s practically nothing that this great Scottish pianist can’t play, the prospect…

Sun 8 Mar 2020, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Chamber Series: Beethoven Revolution - Steven Osborne Recital

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven never actually called his Fifth Piano Concerto ‘The Emperor’ – it just seemed perfect for a piece that’s so magnificently larger than life. So who better to play it than the charismatic composer and pianist Fazil Say? His Grand Bazaar is a musical tour through the colours, fragrances and…

Thu 12 Mar 2020, 7.30PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven never actually called his Fifth Piano Concerto ‘The Emperor’ – it just seemed perfect for a piece that’s so magnificently larger than life. So who better to play it than the charismatic composer and pianist Fazil Say? His Grand Bazaar is a musical tour through the colours, fragrances and…

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

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Beethoven never actually called his Fifth Piano Concerto ‘The Emperor’ – it just seemed perfect for a piece that’s so magnificently larger than life. So who better to play it than the charismatic composer and pianist Fazil Say? His Grand Bazaar is a musical tour through the colours, fragrances and…

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

Beethoven Revolution: The Emperor

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Brahms Piano Quartet No1

Nicolai’s Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor begins with the moon rising over Windsor Great Park. Brahms’ First Piano Quartet ends with the wildest and most unbridled of all gypsy dances – at least, in this flamboyant orchestral version. Although technically not a symphony, this symphonic masterpiece is the…

Wed 25 Mar 2020, 1.00PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Brahms Piano Quartet No1

Classic FM Hall of Fame

You vote for them, so we play them! The Classic FM Hall of Fame is the definitive countdown of the UK’s favourite classical music. Barber’s Adagio, Sibelius’ Finlandia, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Grieg’s Peer Gynt…admit it, you’re humming them already! And trust us: they sound even better live in concert. Classic…

Fri 17 Apr 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Classic FM Hall of Fame

Classic FM Hall of Fame

You vote for them, so we play them! The Classic FM Hall of Fame is the definitive countdown of the UK’s favourite classical music. Barber’s Adagio, Sibelius’ Finlandia, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Grieg’s Peer Gynt…admit it, you’re humming them already! And trust us: they sound even better live in concert. Classic…

Sat 18 Apr 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Classic FM Hall of Fame

Beethoven Revolution: Piano Concerto No4

Not every revolution is noisy. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll is a tender cradle-song, written as a gift to the love of his life. Beethoven never wrote anything more poetic than his Fourth Piano Concerto, just as he never wrote a sunnier – or funnier – symphony than his Fourth. World-renowned Scottish…

Thu 23 Apr 2020, 7.30PM
Music Hall, Aberdeen
Box Office: 01224 641 122

Beethoven Revolution: Piano Concerto No4

Beethoven Revolution: Piano Concerto No4

Not every revolution is noisy. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll is a tender cradle-song, written as a gift to the love of his life. Beethoven never wrote anything more poetic than his Fourth Piano Concerto, just as he never wrote a sunnier – or funnier – symphony than his Fourth. Steven Osborne…

Fri 24 Apr 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven Revolution: Piano Concerto No4

Beethoven Revolution: Piano Concerto No4

Not every revolution is noisy. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll is a tender cradle-song, written as a gift to the love of his life. Beethoven never wrote anything more poetic than his Fourth Piano Concerto, just as he never wrote a sunnier – or funnier – symphony than his Fourth. Steven Osborne…

Sat 25 Apr 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Revolution: Piano Concerto No4

Chamber Series: Beethoven Revolution - Beethoven & Strauss Duos

Each player in the RSNO is a star in their own right, and the nice thing about chamber music is that it allows them to step out of the orchestra and really shine in the music they love best. For the RSNO’s Belarusian Principal Cello Aleksei Kiseliov, that means teaming…

Sun 26 Apr 2020, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Chamber Series: Beethoven Revolution - Beethoven & Strauss Duos

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. His revolutionary work is the perfect partner to Beethoven’s exuberant youthful First Symphony. Elim Chan brings all her energy and…

Thu 30 Apr 2020, 7.30PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. His revolutionary work is the perfect partner to Beethoven’s exuberant youthful First Symphony. Elim Chan brings all her energy and…

Fri 1 May 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. His revolutionary work is the perfect partner to Beethoven’s exuberant youthful First Symphony. Elim Chan brings all her energy and…

Sat 2 May 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Strauss & Mahler Four

A jingle of sleigh bells and a flurry of birdsong: Mahler’s Fourth Symphony begins like Mozart and ends with a child’s idea of heaven. But that’s only how the concert finishes. Thomas Søndergård kicks things off with the musical anarchy of Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel – classical music’s ultimate prankster.…

Fri 8 May 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Strauss & Mahler Four

Strauss & Mahler Four

A jingle of sleigh bells and a flurry of birdsong: Mahler’s Fourth Symphony begins like Mozart and ends with a child’s idea of heaven. But that’s only how the concert finishes. Thomas Søndergård kicks things off with the musical anarchy of Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel – classical music’s ultimate prankster.…

Sat 9 May 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Strauss & Mahler Four

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Franck Symphony in D minor

Forget Hercule Poirot: here’s a real famous Belgian. César Franck seemed like a quiet type until, late in life, he fell in love, and his music suddenly exploded with passion and power. His single, magnificent Symphony begins in gothic grandeur and ends with celebration – and a tune that you’ll…

Wed 13 May 2020, 1.00PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Franck Symphony in D minor

Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Is Rachmaninov’s Second the most romantic symphony ever written? With its vast, storm-swept vistas, endless melodies and rapturous love-song of a slow movement, it’s definitely a contender. Thomas Søndergård conducts it with unbridled emotion – the climax of a concert that begins with Shostakovich and Britten at their darkest. Britten’s…

Thu 21 May 2020, 7.30PM
Music Hall, Aberdeen
Box Office: 01224 641 122

Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Is Rachmaninov’s Second the most romantic symphony ever written? With its vast, storm-swept vistas, endless melodies and rapturous love-song of a slow movement, it’s definitely a contender. Thomas Søndergård conducts it with unbridled emotion – the climax of a concert that begins with Shostakovich and Britten at their darkest. Britten’s…

Fri 22 May 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Is Rachmaninov’s Second the most romantic symphony ever written? With its vast, storm-swept vistas, endless melodies and rapturous love-song of a slow movement, it’s definitely a contender. Thomas Søndergård conducts it with unbridled emotion – the climax of a concert that begins with Shostakovich and Britten at their darkest. Britten’s…

Sat 23 May 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Chamber Series: Beethoven Revolution - Beethoven Septet

Take Beethoven at his happiest, give him seven virtuoso musicians, throw in a couple of pop tunes and the result is irresistible. But if Beethoven’s Septet is pure musical sunshine, this fantastic miniature version of Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel is sheer knockabout farce – brilliantly played. For today’s RSNO players,…

Sun 24 May 2020, 2.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Chamber Series: Beethoven Revolution - Beethoven Septet

Season Finale: Verdi Requiem

Judgement Day: drums thunder, trumpets blast, and a massed chorus cries out in terror. Verdi’s Requiem might not be what you expect from religious music, but it’s exactly what you’d expect from the supreme master of Italian opera. With the full RSNO Chorus joined by four world-class operatic soloists, hold…

Fri 29 May 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Season Finale: Verdi Requiem

Season Finale: Verdi Requiem

Judgement Day: drums thunder, trumpets blast, and a massed chorus cries out in terror. Verdi’s Requiem might not be what you expect from religious music, but it’s exactly what you’d expect from the supreme master of Italian opera. With the full RSNO Chorus joined by four world-class operatic soloists, hold…

Sat 30 May 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Season Finale: Verdi Requiem

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