Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

2 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow
G23NY
0141 353 8000
grch@grch.com

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall describes itself as Scotland's premier music venue.
Sitting in an imposing city centre position, proudly looking down Buchanan Street, it is Glasgow's main classical music venue, but also hosts concerts ranging from classical to folk, world, country, rock and pop. Each year it forms the heart of the world-famous Celtic Connections festival.
Its International Classical Season aims to bring the world's best musicians to the Concert Hall stage and stars have included The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Maxim Vengerov, Cecilia Bartoli, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and many, many more.
Artists who have appeared here as part of national tours include Will Young, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and BB King.
The hall opened in 1990, when Glasgow was European City of Culture, intended to be "Glasgow's Hall for Glasgow's People". It now hosts 400 concerts and over 1,000 corporate events every year.
It contains a whole range of flexible spaces for all kinds of occasion and the 2,475 seat auditorium has played host to many amazing cultural events.
There is also a cafe which is open on a daily basis, and the space around Donald Dewar's statue at the base of the hall's imposing steps - which are themselves a popular sunny-day lunch spot for Glaswegian workers - is used for street theatre and roadshows.

September 2014

Art Garfunkel

New York singer best known for his work with Paul Simon in the sixties.
Mon 8th September
8:00pm
£30-£35

Tony Bennett

Celebrated crooner who has sold more than 50 million records and won thirteen Grammy Awards.
Tue 9th September
8:00pm
£45-£75

Soundlab: George Burt and Raymond Macdonald

Raymond MacDonald and George Burt the “leading partnership on the modern/free scene in Scotland” according to The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, come together again for a rare duo appearance. They will be (more)
Wed 10th September
8:00pm
£6

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in Concert

Stomping of feet? Exhilarating music along with thunderous applause? Of course - the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra is back in town! The SFO’s return to Glasgow on September 13th promises to be another fantastic evening (more)
Sat 13th September
7:30pm
£12-£21 (£5 for under 16s)

Joe Brown

You may have seen Joe performing on Later With Jools Holland or at the cinema playing his part closing the show at the Concert For George Harrison. You may have witnessed his critically acclaimed set at Glastonbury (more)
Tue 16th September
7:30pm
£26/£24/£22

Nana Mouskouri

The legendary Nana Mouskouri celebrates her 80th Birthday at the Royal Concert Hall on September 29th as part of her world-wide Happy Birthday Tour. Nana has sold over 350 million records and is, globally, the most (more)
Mon 29th September
7:30pm
£40-50 (+ fees)

October 2014

RSNO: Oundjian Conducts Scheherazade

The new RSNO Season launches in a blaze of colour.Wagner’s Meistersinger overture creates a whole medieval city in all its sunshine and swagger; the RSNO’s Katherine Bryan shares an evocative, elegiac concerto by one of (more)
Sat 4th October
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Elgar’s Cello Concerto

Anton Bruckner heard the beginning of his Seventh Symphony in a dream – played by an angel. You’ll believe it, when Peter Oundjian and the RSNO take you on one of music’s most beautiful spiritual journeys. It’s the (more)
Sat 11th October
7:30pm
£12-£35

Nourish Conference 2014: Our Common Wealth of Food

How can we play our part to make food fair for all? Join us this October for a 2 day confernce, loaded with speakers and participants from across Europe, India, Malawi, the Caribbean and more. We'll be delving into (more)
Thu 16th October - Fri 17th October
9:00am
£200-£90 (£95-£30)

RSNO: Metamorphosen

Music from the ashes: exiled from his native Hungary and terminally ill, Béla Bartók responded with a mighty shout of joy. Richard Strauss looked at a world in ruins, and thought of Beethoven. From the darkest days of (more)
Sat 25th October
7:30pm
£12-£35

November 2014

RSNO: Elgar’s Enigma

Elgar’s musical portrait of his “friends pictured within” is one of Britain’s best-loved classics. But there’s more to the Enigma Variations than the famous Nimrod, and as the nation commemorates the Great War, the young (more)
Sat 8th November
7:30pm
£12-£35

The Piano: Gould Piano Trio

Glasgow Music is proud to co-commission the latest chamber work by Scotland’s foremost composer, James MacMillan. In 1997 he wrote a masterpiece for piano trio (14 Little Pictures) and this is his first venture into the (more)
Fri 14th November
8:00pm
?10 (?8)

The Piano: The B Project

Bartok was inspired and influenced by folk music and jazz – and here jazz repays the favour. Pianist, Euan Stevenson (Scottish Jazz Awards, Emerging Artist 2013) has spent much of this year delving into Bartok’s (more)
Sat 15th November
6:00pm
?7.50

The Piano: Stockhausen’s Klavierstucke

Stockhausen: Klavierstucke XII and XIII Stockhausen’s epic cycle of 19 Klavierstucke (piano pieces) began in the 1950s and finished over half a century later in 2002/3. They are a thrilling set of standalone works, but (more)
Sat 15th November
8:00pm
?10 (?8)

RSNO: Oundjian and Benedetti

The horns blast out a savage fanfare, the trumpets scream in reply – and the battle is on, as Tchaikovsky wrestles with his personal demons in music of startling rawness and emotion. Peter Oundjian will make every note (more)
Sat 15th November
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Oundjian Conducts The Firebird

Green-clawed demons, Welsh folksongs, Basque sunshine and Roman legions: the 20th century was when classical music exploded into Technicolor. In Italy, France, Russia and Britain, four great composers throw caution to (more)
Sat 22nd November
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: St Andrews Party with Phil and Aly

Aly Bain is Scotland’s best-known traditional style fiddler; yet his style is unique – driving, impassioned and pure. And as for Phil Cunningham – they don’t call him “the fastest fingers in the west” for nothing. (more)
Sat 29th November
7:30pm
£15-£35

December 2014

RSNO: Fire and Ice

Love in a cold climate: Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony is as grand, expansive and darkly romantic as Russia itself – and it’s just overflowing with some of the most gorgeous love music ever written. Shostakovich wrote his (more)
Thu 4th December
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Hollywood Christmas

Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman understands the magic of the movies better than anyone, and this Christmas he’s packed a stocking full of the greatest music from the most popular seasonal films of all time – from (more)
Sat 13th December
7:30pm
£15-£35

The RSNO Christmas Concert

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the RSNO’s traditional Christmas concerts. Join us for our annual celebration of all things festive – a mouthwatering spread of Yuletide music old and new. Expect well-loved seasonal (more)
Sat 20th December
6:00pm, 2:00pm
£15-£35

January 2015

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah isn’t so much an oratorio as an institution. Everyone knows the Hallelujah chorus, but if that’s all you know, you’re in for a wonderful surprise – because every note is just as uplifting; Ev’ry Valley, (more)
Fri 2nd January
3:00pm
£15-£35

February 2015

RSNO: A French Feast

Maybe it’s the melodies, maybe it’s the style – but there’s definitely a certain je ne sais quoi about French music. Guest conductor Gilbert Varga serves up a gourmet menu tonight: feather-light soufflés from Franck and (more)
Sat 7th February
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Latin Passion

If music be the food of love, let Jean-Claude Picard and the RSNO serve you up a candlelit dinner for two. There’s Latin passion from De Falla and Ginastera, and some of the greatest movie love themes ever composed, with (more)
Sat 14th February
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Järvi Conducts Shostakovich Five

Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony begins in despair, and ends in triumph. Or does it? Life in Stalin’s Russia was never quite so simple: what’s certain is that Shostakovich’s Fifth never fails to thrill – and under the baton (more)
Sat 21st February
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Beethoven’s Pastoral

When Beethoven was in the countryside, his worries simply slipped away. 200 years later, there’s still no better stress-buster in all classical music than his exquisite Pastoral Symphony, and it never sounds fresher than (more)
Thu 26th February
7:30pm
£12-£35

March 2015

RSNO: Søndergård Conducts Pathétique

Tchaikovsky never did anything by halves, and his final symphony is a no-holds-barred portrait of a man on the edge, told in music of devastating power and unforgettable beauty. Thomas Søndergård won’t stint on the (more)
Sat 7th March
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: The Music of John Williams

Twenty-one Grammys, seven BAFTAs, five Oscars, four Golden Globes and three Emmys: just a few reasons why John Williams is considered by many to be the greatest film composer of all time. Over the decades his melodies (more)
Sat 14th March
7:30pm, 3:00pm
£15-£35

RSNO: An American in Paris

Big tunes for a big country. American composers always think larger-than-life, and whether it’s Samuel Barber flexing his muscles in a powerful First Symphony, Leonard Bernstein turning a booze-up into a violin concerto (more)
Sat 21st March
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Classic FM Hall of Fame: John Suchet’s Beethoven

“Beethoven poured his life into his music,” says John Suchet. “If you know what is going on in Beethoven’s life, you listen to his music through different ears.” And as the author of six bestselling books about (more)
Sat 28th March
7:30pm
£15-£35

April 2015

RSNO: The Golden Age of Film Music

Glamorous stars…Spectacular sets…Epic adventures…and music that just knocked you out of your seat! Remember when movies really were movies? Richard Kaufman does – he was born under the Hollywood sign. Tonight he joins (more)
Sat 18th April
7:30pm
£15-£35

RSNO: Søndergård Conducts Eroica

With one incredible symphony, Beethoven turned classical music on its head. His Eroica Symphony is pure electricity; and it’s one of those pieces that you have to hear live – especially when Thomas Søndergård is on the (more)
Sat 25th April
7:30pm
£12-£35

May 2015

RSNO: Grieg’s Piano Concerto

“Music is life,” declared Carl Nielsen, “and like it, inextinguishable!” He proved it with his tremendous Fourth Symphony – music that leaves you thrilled to be alive. John Storgårds knows exactly how to make it catch (more)
Sat 2nd May
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: Davis Conducts Mahler Four

A jingle of sleigh bells, a little birdsong, and Gustav Mahler launches one of the most delightfully unlikely symphonies even he ever wrote. Mahler’s Fourth begins like Mozart and ends with a child’s vision of heaven; (more)
Sat 9th May
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO Junior Chorus Showcase

Join the 250 talented singers of the RSNO Junior Chorus as they perform with the RSNO in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, directed by the inimitable Christopher Bell. From the fledgling voices of the Training Choir to the (more)
Sun 17th May
3:00pm
£12.50

RSNO: Oundjian Conducts Brahms Two

Violinist Ray Chen called his first album simply “Virtuoso” – and now, with Lalo’s flamboyant Symphonie espagnole, he shows us why. “Chen’s artistry blazes” wrote The Times, and Peter Oundjian is delighted to bring this (more)
Sat 23rd May
7:30pm
£12-£35

RSNO: The Dream of Gerontius

“This is the best of me,” declared Edward Elgar on the score of The Dream of Gerontius – and this heart-rending vision of a lonely soul’s journey towards eternity might just be the greatest piece of British music ever (more)
Sat 30th May
7:30pm
£12-£35
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