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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is Scotland’s national symphony orchestra. Based in Glasgow, the 89-strong professional orchestra also regularly performs in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, and abroad.

Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company has performed full-time since 1950 and was awarded royal patronage in 1991. Shortly after the award it briefly used the title Royal Scottish Orchestra before reverting to its present name.

Under its first Scottish-born, and longest serving conductor, Sir Alexander Gibson, the orchestra began to develop an international profile. In line with Gibson’s own specialisms, the orchestra became known for its interpretations of Scandinavian composers, notably Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. This was consolidated in the tenure of Neeme Järvi who also led the orchestra through its first complete Gustav Mahler cycle. The second Scot to lead the orchestra, the late Bryden Thomson, maintained the Nordic link with a memorable cycle of Nielsen symphonies, with the recordings of the Fourth and Sixth symphonies generally regarded as amongst the finest available.

The RSNO’s base is at Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow and is also used as its recording venue. However the orchestra’s performing home is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The orchestra had a long-standing recording contract with Chandos Records in the 1980s and 1990s.

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  • bluetooth38

    John Barry's score for the 1980 Jeannot Szwarc romantic fantasy film by John Barry/John Debney/Royal Scottish National Orchestra Somewhere in Time [Varese] (1998) This film is Fantastic.The music score by John Barry is frist class.

    26 Jan 2008 Reply

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