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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra traded the concert hall for airport check-in this morning, to present a surprise performance to passengers and staff at Glasgow Airport.
40 members of the RSNO, Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, arrived at check-in desks at Glasgow Airport in travel clothes and carrying suitcases and pretended to check-in for a flight to Madrid. They then took out their instruments and burst in to a performance of a special arrangement of Ravel’s Bolero, to the astonishment of airport staff and travellers.
Later the musicians appeared at a second surprise location at Glasgow Airport, the food hall, where they entertained passers by with some traditional Scottish eightsome reels.
The orchestra was led by the horn player John Logan, who commented:
“When opportunities to do something a little bit different arise – something which presents orchestral music to different audiences and to enhance Scotland’s reputation as a welcoming destination – we’re happy to meet the challenge. Obviously, we take our music-making seriously but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be trying new things, and following today thousands of people, many of which will be new to live orchestral music, will be able to say they’ve experienced the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, in an airport!”
This surprise orchestral performance marks the start of Glasgow Airport’s month-long Best of Scotland campaign, which aims to showcase Scotland’s national talent and provide entertainment in the airport.
The RSNO will perform in their more natural concert hall environment at Edinburgh International Festival this month.
See the RSNO perform at Glasgow Airport in the video below.