The Royal Scottish National Orchestra have announced their first ever tour to mainland Asia.
The RSNO’s new Music Director Peter Oundjian will lead the orchestra on his first foreign tour, spending Hogmanay and the first week of the New Year in China. The expedition has been part-funded by the Scottish Government and will see the orchestra play in Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Macau.
Oundjian said: “I feel privileged to be taking the RSNO on its first China tour and to be representing Scotland abroad, particularly at such an early point of my tenure. The Orchestra has a strong reputation overseas through its touring and extensive discography and it will be rewarding to continue to fulfil our international remit”.
Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: “The RSNO’s programme of concerts illustrates the increased cultural collaboration between Scotland and China resulting from the Memorandum of Understanding on culture which the First Minister signed in Beijing last year. I am delighted that this Hogmanay season the RSNO will bring the essence of Scotland to concert-goers in China.”
RSNO 2012:13 China Tour
30 Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou
31 Shenzhen Concert Hall (two performances)
2 National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
3 Tianjin Grand Theatre
5 Cultural Centre of Macau