Day 145 -The RSNO's Charismatic Music Director

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is on a high! Three things contribute to this. The first is the opening of the RSNO Centre, a purpose built home for the orchestra with rehearsal, performance and state of the art digital facilities. The second is the arrival of Alistair Mackie as CEO. Former principal trumpet and chairman of the Philharmonia in London he is hugely ambitious for the orchestra. Most important of all is Danish Music Director Thomas Søndergård. Appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2012 the his relationship with the orchestra developed so strongly that he became music director in 2017. This has ushered in a golden age of RSNO concerts harking back to the thrilling period in the 1990s when Neeme Järvi was at the helm. The players clearly love him and the way in which he talks to audiences is very engaging. He also loves Perth Concert Hall and comes every season bringing his favourite soloists. Truly a Golden Age for the RSNO!

Thomas Søndergård's full biography click here

Thomas Søndergård interviewed about Stravinsky click here

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