Classical Season 2017/18 | RNS Presents

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Sage One

Buses from Alnwick and Hexham

Yan Pascal Tortelier* conductor
Steven Osborne piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

After their successful first visit last season, the BBC SSO return, this time with Yan Pascal Tortelier, for a programme celebrating the ‘Auld Alliance’. Steven Osborne is the soloist in Ravel’s jazz-inspired piano concerto, before Berlioz’s revolutionary programme symphony takes us from an opium-inspired ball, via a march to the scaffold, to a witches’ Sabbath.

  • The BBC SSO regrets to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Donald Runnicles, the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus, has had to withdraw from performances at Glasgow City Halls and Sage Gateshead on 12 and 13 April 2018, respectively. The orchestra is very grateful that Yan Pascal Tortelier has agreed to step in to conduct both performances. The programmes remain unchanged.

Yan Pascal Tortelier enjoys a distinguished career as guest conductor of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. He began his musical career as a violinist and, at fourteen, won first prize for violin at the Paris Conservatoire, making his soloist debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra shortly afterwards. Following general musical studies with Nadia Boulanger, Tortelier studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

This season, Yan Pascal Tortelier continues as Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra with whom he has built a very special relationship during his guest appearances with the orchestra in recent seasons. Former positions have included Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Ulster Orchestra (1989-1992) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2005-2008). He was also Principal Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2011. Following his outstanding work as Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic between 1992 and 2003, including annual appearances at the BBC Proms and a very successful tour of the US to celebrate the orchestra’s 60th anniversary season, he was given the title of Conductor Emeritus and continues to work and record with the orchestra regularly. Yan Pascal Tortelier also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


Packages – Booking opens Thursday 1 June, 10am.

Plan your season in advance and take advantage of some great discounts. Choose your favourite concerts from our RNS At Home and RNS Presents series, and save up to 25% on the cost of your tickets. Then sit back, relax, and start looking forward to another great Classical Season at Sage Gateshead.

  • 5 – 9 concerts save 10%
  • 10 – 14 concerts save 15%
  • 15 – 21 concerts save 20%
  • 22 concerts save 25%

Include our Opening Night in your package and join us for a FREE glass of fizz in the interval to celebrate the new season.


How to Save

Gateshead Residents
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