Weather whites out Edinburgh concert

Weather whites out Edinburgh concert


norman lebrecht

March 01, 2018

Orchestral concerts in the UK rarely fall victim to the weather,

But this week’s extreme conditions have claimed a first cancellation.

Friday’s RSNO concert at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh is off. It is hoped that Saturday’s repeat in Glasgow will still go ahead.

RSNO Chief Executive Dr Krishna Thiagarajan: ‘The safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians, staff and visiting artists must always be our top priority. Adhering to the advice from the Scottish Government and Police Scotland, as well as our partner venues, we have decided to cancel Friday’s performance in Edinburgh. We apologise to our supporters who were looking forward to conductor Lorenzo Viotti’s RSNO Season debut and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s return to the Usher Hall. We will endeavour to invite them to join us at the first available opportunity.’
UPDATE: Saturday’s Glasgow show is also cancelled.


  • Anon. says:

    Actually, the SCO cancelled this evening’s concert in Edinburgh yesterday.

  • Charles Clark Maxwell says:

    “Dr Krishna Thiagarajan” would be better written
    “Krishna Thiagarajan PhD”

    In a hospital, Doctor actually means something, but the chief executive here has “a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied with pianist Santiago Rodrigue”

    • Iain SCott says:


    • Una says:

      A bit pedantic, Charles! I think we all know what he is – a doctor, whichever way you look at it, not a Mr or a Mrs, with a PhD, which is commonly known here in England as Permanent Head Damage!!! LOL!

    • Saxon Broken says:


      Someone with a PhD has a doctorate and is rightly called a doctor. Most medics who practise medicine don’t have doctorates and shouldn’t really called themselves doctors since they aren’t proper doctors.

  • Anon says:

    Actually, the BBC SSO also cancelled their Thursday night concert yesterday morning, so it’s the third cancellation, not the first. Much of Scotland has been under amber/red weather alerts since Wednesday morning, with constant advice from Police Scotland not to travel, so I think all three orchestras (BBC SSO, SCO and RSNO) are being very sensible.

  • Una says:

    Opera North didn’t cancel last night, and you should have seen the snow here in West Yorkshire, and no trains after 6pm but they got the roads cleared and freed up the car parking.

    • Chris Clift says:


      I travelled from Hull to Leeds on Thursday for the performance of Don Giovanni. The train ran perfectly to time (13:38 from Hull) – I stayed the night in the Travelodge directly behind The Grand Theatre. The streets and footpaths in Leeds were a bit slippery, but got up this morning and after breakfast walked to the station and took the 11:38 back to Hull, where there was lots of blue sky, and a definite thaw underway.

      BTW CBSO cancelled (rather postponed) tonight’s ‘Best of the West End’ concert at Symphony Hall, so they join BBCSSO, SCO and RSNO)