Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

2 Sauchiehall Street,
0141 353 8000

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.

November 2014

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

Tony Benn: A Celebration – Concert

A celebration concert featuring friends, colleagues, musicians and performers joining in tribute to the ‘most dangerous man in Britain’ who became a ‘national treasure’, and who continued to fight for peace, justice and (more)
Sun 30th November

Tony Benn: A Celebration. Spoken word event

A celebration of the life and legacy of politician Tony Benn’s, whose lifelong fight for economic and social justice was characterised by his personal integrity and common decency.
Sun 30th November

December 2014

Roddy Frame

The former Aztec Camera frontman, performing songs from his forthcoming new album, Seven Dials, his fourth under his own name, and his first since Western Skies in 2006.
Tue 2nd December

The Human League

Iconic eighties Sheffield synth-pop act, best known for hit single Don’t You Want Me Baby.
Wed 3rd December

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

Christmas Carol Concert

A Christmas Carol Concert at the Royal concert Halls to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. Featuring The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra and pupils from the Carmyle Primary School Choir.
Fri 5th December
£10-20 (£10)

Children’s Classic Concerts and the RSNO: Deck the Halls with Owen and Olly

Conducted by Jean-Claude Picard. Presented by Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox. ‘Tis the season to be jolly so don’t stay Home Alone –fa la la along with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Frosty the Snowman to help Santa get unstuck (more)
Sat 6th December
3:00pm, 1:00pm

Big Big Sing

Big Big Sing is back in Glasgow to spread some festive cheer! Take part in an unmissable afternoon of song, singing timeless classics from movies and musicals. Inspirational choir leaders Stephen Deazley and Lucy (more)
Sun 7th December
£5 (Free)

The Bootleg Beatles

Acclaimed Beatles tribute act, bringing the band to life with costumes, authentic period instruments and a little help from their orchestral ensemble, to reproduce live on stage songs The Fab Four never actually (more)
Tue 9th December

Glasgow Phoenix Choir: The Gift of Christmas

THE GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR is delighted to be performing its annual Christmas concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. In this special concert, ‘The Gift of Christmas’, we will be joined by our friends and (more)
Fri 12th December
£5.00 - £15.00

Glasgow Phoenix Choir: The Gift of Christmas

Annual concert with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir performing a variety of Christmas music with the massed Inverclyde Schools Junior & Senior Choirs and their new adult Choir Inverclyde Voices.
Fri 12th December

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

West End Christmas Gala

Starring four leading West End artists, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the City of Glasgow Chorus, all under the expert baton of Michael England, the programme will feature show-stopping songs from the (more)
Sun 14th December
7:30pm, 3:00pm

Christmas with the Rat Pack – Live from Last Vegas

‘Tis the season to be merry!’ Beat the winter blues with the Christmas version of the hit show Take a trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular (more)
Tue 16th December

Abbamania Christmas Party

Dust off your platforms, put on your flares and come and enjoy an unforgettable night with one of the UK’s Top Abba tribute shows and nearly two hours of pure Abba nostalgia. From Dancing Queen to Waterloo with extra (more)
Thu 18th December

White Christmas

May your celebrations be magical, merry and bright with this nostalgic show of all-time favourite Christmas songs. John Rigby: conductor, with The Consort of Voices, Scottish Concert Orchestra. Special Guests: Laura (more)
Fri 19th December

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

A Christmas Cracker

Join the City of Glasgow Chorus and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera for a great night of festive favourites, popular classics and some great music from the stage and screen. Introduced and conducted by Graham Taylor.
Sun 21st December

Springfield Cambridge Festival Chorus and Orchestra: With Great Joy

The annual Springfield Cambridge Christmas concerts have attracted capacity audiences for over a decade. This year’s event will again showcase the unforgettable “Springfield sound”: a blend of contemporary and (more)
Mon 22nd December

Glory of Christmas

Concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music, capturing the true spirit of Christmas.
Tue 23rd December

Spectacular Classics

A special show of great classics, dazzling lasers and special effects, including Tchiakovski’s 1812 Overture with cannon effects and indoor firework finale. Mario Sofroniou - tenor; Thomas Gould - violin; Benjamin Pope - (more)
Sat 27th December

Glenn Miller Orchestra

The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own original arrangements of favourite wartime chart-toppers & hits from the forties directed by legendary bandleader Ray McVay.
Mon 29th December

The Sound of the Musicals

Back by popular demand with a new programme of show–stopping music and songs from the greatest Broadway and West End musicals. Richard Balcombe - conductor; London Concert Orchestra.
Tue 30th December

Hogmanay with the RSNO

A magnificent evening of superb music with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra bursting with all-time favourites. Richard Morrison – baritone; Shuna Scott Sendall - soprano; Michael Bawtree - conductor; David Ogilvie - (more)
Wed 31st December

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

Handel’s Messiah

Laurence Cummings and a lively team of singers bring out all the glory, the joy and the timeless inspiration of a masterpiece that absolutely everyone needs to hear at least once! With the RSNO Chorus.
Fri 2nd January

Paul Carrack

Legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics returns to the road following his widely acclaimed recent album release ‘Rain or Shine’, a mix of new original (more)
Fri 9th January

Strauss Gala

Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala, the show that has enchanted audiences across the UK and Ireland for 40 years with its whirls and twirls, billowing gowns and graceful elegance. Irrepressible showman Rainer Hersch (more)
Sat 10th January

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

Ocean Colour Scene

Having sold millions of records and headlined arenas around the world, Steve, Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene have reached their landmark 25th anniversary. To celebrate, the three of them will play a special UK (more)
Fri 13th February - Fri 20th February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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