Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras.


The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is Scotland's national symphonic ensemble and is one of the country's National Performing Companies. 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 history, the Orchestra has played an integral 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 George Szell, Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Järvi, Stéphane Denève and Peter Oundjian.

In 2018, the RSNO welcomed Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as its latest Music Director, having previously held the position of Principal Guest Conductor. Hong Kong-born conductor Elim Chan succeeds Søndergård as the new Principal Guest Conductor.

The RSNO performs across Scotland, including concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the St Magnus Festival, Orkney, and has made recent tours to the United States of America, Spain, France, China and Germany.

The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d'Or de l'année Awards for Symphonic Music for the Roussel Symphonies (Naxos) and orchestral works by Debussy (Chandos), and eight GRAMMY Award nominations over the last decade.