RSNO and SCO to cancel all concerts up to 15 April 2020

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In response to the unprecedented situation created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in line with advice from the Scottish Government concerning mass gatherings and events, it is with great regret that the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) announce that all concerts up to 15 April 2020 are cancelled.

Alistair Mackie, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, said:
‘The safety and wellbeing of our audience, supporters, musicians and staff is of the utmost importance to us. We have therefore regrettably cancelled our upcoming concerts in response to the ongoing development of COVID-19. We will resume concerts as soon as it is completely safe to do so, following all advice and guidance from the Scottish Government. We are sorry to those supporters who were looking forward to our concerts, as we were looking forward to playing them, but we must put health first at this time. The RSNO would like to acknowledge the long-standing support of Capital Document Solutions who were due to sponsor the John Williams’ concerts this weekend.’
Gavin Reid, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, said:
‘Clearly this is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but given the current advice from the Scottish Government, and in order to safeguard our audiences, supporters, players and staff, we have decided to cancel a number of forthcoming concerts. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow advice from the Scottish Government regarding future concerts and update our audiences and stakeholders as quickly and regularly as we can. However, it is already becoming apparent that this situation will inevitably place unprecedented financial pressures on both our organisations and all performing arts and artists. The SCO would therefore particularly like to acknowledge the support of the Usher Family who were due to support the Vivaldi Gloria concert in Edinburgh, Virgin Money who were due to sponsor the Vivaldi Gloria concert in Glasgow and Institut français d’Ecosse who were due to sponsor The Magic Harp concert in Edinburgh.’

Concerts scheduled after 15 April are currently planned to go ahead but this will be kept under review.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund and will be contacted as soon as possible by either the Box Office, the RSNO or the SCO depending on how their tickets were booked. Please bear with us as we work through the refund process at this challenging time.

The affected SCO performances are:

Nikita Naumov Plays Eötvös Double Bass Concerto
Thursday 19 March 2020, The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Friday 20 March 2020, City Halls, Glasgow
Sunday 22 March 2020, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Vivaldi Gloria with SCO Chorus
Thursday 26 March 2020, The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Friday 27 March 2020, City Halls, Glasgow

Chamber Sunday with Maxim Emelyanychev
Sunday 29 March 2020, The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

The Magic Harp
Wednesday 1 April 2020, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Thursday 2 April 2020, The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Friday 3 April 2020, City Halls, Glasgow

The affected RSNO performances are:

John Williams at the Oscars
Thursday 19 March 2020, Caird Hall, Dundee
Friday 20 March 2020, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Saturday 21 March 2020, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sing Day: Verdi Requiem
Saturday 21 March 2020, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Rescheduled to Saturday 5 September 2020

Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich
Wednesday 25 March 2020, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 

RSNO in Concert
Saturday 28 March 2020, St Mary’s Church, Haddington, Edinburgh 

Schools Concert 360 LIVE: Coasts & Waters
Monday 23 March 2020, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 26 March 2020, Caird Hall, Dundee
Friday 27 March 2020, Music Hall, Aberdeen
Monday 30 March 2020, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 31 March 2020, Usher Hall, Edinburgh