The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is one of Europe’s leading orchestras with a rich history stretching back over 125 years. It is one of Scotland’s leading cultural institutions, and an orchestra with a variety of work that is almost unparalleled amongst its British peers.

Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950. 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, Walter Susskind, Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev and Stéphane Denève.

The RSNO is supported by the Scottish Government and is one of the Scottish National Performing Companies. The Orchestra performs across Scotland, including concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness and appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC Proms. The RSNO has made recent tours to the USA, China and Europe.