Media Release: ScotRail refreshes environmentally-friendly partnership with Scotland’s national orchestra


IN a move to increase its usage of sustainable transport, musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will be given the opportunity to trade the car for the train when travelling to its concert venues across Scotland.

ScotRail has renewed its commitment to supporting 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.

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 89 full-time musicians.

As the Orchestra’s Official Public Transport Provider, ScotRail will encourage concert-goers to take the train to the RSNO’s events across the country.

Families can also take advantage of Kids Go Free offers for both concert and rail tickets throughout the year.

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.

RSNO chief executive, Krishna Thiagarajan, said: “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.”

ScotRail’s head of Marketing and Sales, Nesta Gilliland, added: “This sponsorship reflects our on-going commitment to the arts, music and culture in Scotland.

“The RSNO presents concerts across Scotland and with services running throughout the country, there are lots of opportunities for families and friends to travel by train and enjoy a fantastic day – or night – out.“

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.

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