Alistair Mackie returns to roots at RSNO

Alistair Mackie will join Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) as chief executive from 1 April 2019.

Mackie is probably best known as a trumpet player, having served as joint principal trumpet for Philharmonia Orchestra in recent years. He also served as the orchestra’s interim managing director during the 2016-17 season.

Other career highlights are stints as principal trumpet for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and London Sinfonietta, as well as a teaching post as trumpet professor at Royal College of Music (held since 2007).

Commented Mackie: “The first orchestral concert I ever attended was a performance of The Planets at the Kelvin Hall with the Scottish National Orchestra and throughout my teenage years I was repeatedly inspired by the unique energy and musicality of this amazing ensemble. It’s no small part of why I chose to pursue a career as a professional musician.

“As the RSNO begins the next phase of its life with new music director Thomas Søndergård I believe there are unparalleled opportunities for this outstanding ensemble. With strong support from the Scottish Government the opportunity exists to have world-class music-making open and accessible to absolutely every member of Scottish society.”

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