Royal Scottish National Orchestra
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras. Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1991.
Throughout its proud history, the Orchestra has played an important part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Many renowned conductors have contributed to its success, including Walter Susskind, Sir Alexander Gibson, Bryden Thomson, Conductor Laureate Neeme Järvi, Conductor Emeritus Walter Weller and Conductor Emeritus Alexander Lazarev. Ste?phane Dene?ve became music Director in September 2005, a partnership which enjoys great acclaim, at home and abroad. In 2007 Austrian David Danzmayr joined the RSNO as assistant Conductor. For choral performances the Orchestra is joined by the royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, one of the most distinguished large symphonic choruses in Britain, with director Timothy Dean, and the acclaimed RSNO Junior Chorus, with director Christopher Bell.
The RSNO performs across Scotland, including seasons in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Edinburgh international Festival and BBC Proms in London. In the last few years, the RSNO’s foreign tours have included Spain, Germany, Austria, Croatia and Paris, as part of the Festival Pre?sences.