Updated: Jun 21, 2021
Seeing the RSNO truck outside Perth Concert Hall last Friday was pretty special. Even more special was the rest of the day. To see RSNO Players walking round the hall smiling with colleagues and looking forward to playing was uplifting. We had to use all the changing rooms at the theatre in order to keep effective social distance but good nature was everywhere.
And then the concert. Thomas Søndergård entered wearing a mask and made a heartfelt speech about the importance of the relationship between performers and the joy that he and the RSNO felt at returning to live concert-giving at the first orchestral concert with audience anywhere in Scotland.
Ibert's raucous Divertissement was the perfect curtain-raiser to a beautiful performance of Francaix's l'horloge de flore by principal oboe Adrian Wilson who did indeed have to take his mask off to play. Poulenc's sparkling Sinfonietta rounded off a rather emotional evening on a high note. The audience, cheered and finally stood in gratitude for the experience.
You know, I think live concerts might catch on!