Take Scotland’s National Orchestra on your journey

Last updated: Wednesday, 7 August 2019

ScotRail and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) have launched four specially curated Spotify playlists for customers to enjoy while travelling on Scotland’s Railway.

Orchestra members have curated exclusive playlists timed to four journeys across the country, including:

  • Glasgow to Edinburgh – curated by Arthur Boutillier, Sub-principal Cello
  • Dundee to Aberdeen – curated by Maya Iwabuchi, Leader
  • Glasgow to Oban – curated by Katherine Bryan, Principal Flute
  • Perth to Inverness – curated by Paul Philbert, Principal Timpani

Customers can access the Spotify playlists by visiting the RSNO website at rsno.org.uk/spotify

As part of the launch, today (7 August) the RSNO held a surprise concert on the concourse at Haymarket station to give customers a sample. The RSNO’s 2019/20 Season begins in October, but not before the orchestra make two appearances at Edinburgh International Festival, the first with a performance of Strauss and MacMillan with Edward Gardner on Saturday 10 August 2019, and the second with Sir Andrew Davis for their performance of Götterdämmerung on Sunday 25 August 2019.

ScotRail Head of Customer Operations, Phil Campbell said:

“As the official public transport provider for the RSNO, we’re delighted to be part of this special project.

“Customers can sit back, relax and take in the wonderful sounds of the RSNO’s talented musicians as they provide a soundtrack for the train.”

RSNO’s Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement, Bill Chandler said:

“ScotRail keep our musicians on the move throughout the year so it’s an absolute pleasure to treat commuters to the sounds of the RSNO. It’s always exciting to play music outside of the concert hall and I’m excited that those arriving in Edinburgh will be welcomed with music from Scotland’s National Orchestra.”