Musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) are being encouraged to leave the car and take the train to concerts across Scotland.
ScotRail has renewed its support of Scotland’s national orchestra in its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by providing travel passes for its musicians to venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.
RSNO Chief Executive Krishna Thiagarajan: "As Scotland’s national orchestra we naturally travel an enormous amount, so a partnership with ScotRail is highly appropriate for us. With environmental issues and petrol prices in the front of people's minds, this is a very timely new relationship indeed. We are most grateful to ScotRail for their support of our work taking music right across Scotland, and we look forward to a very fruitful partnership over the coming year."
The new 12-month partnership between ScotRail and the RSNO will provide economic, logistical and environmental benefits. The RSNO’s domestic touring schedule is one of the busiest of all the UK’s major arts organisations, covering almost 37,000 miles a year in Scotland alone. The RSNO is also Scotland’s largest professional orchestra with eighty-nine full-time musicians.
ScotRail will continue to sponsor the RSNO’s popular festive concert featuring the live screening of Raymond Briggs’ classic animation The Snowman, presented to audiences in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee in December 2015.
In October 2015 the RSNO begins celebration of its 125th anniversary, coinciding with the organisation’s relocation to a new, purpose-built rehearsal and performance space in the centre of Glasgow.
Families can also take advantage of Kids Go Free offers for both concert and rail tickets throughout the year.