Royal Scottish National Orchestra toast of China

3rd Jan 2013

A Scottish town has been recognised thousands of miles away after the Royal Scottish National Orchestra made its debut in China on New Year's Eve.

Cathcart, located in Glasgow, was inspiration for a self-titled song, which was show-cased in Shenzhen on what is traditionally known as Scotland's Hogmanay.

The musicians, who were given a £110,000 grant from the Scottish Government, took to the stage at the city's grand concert venue, while party-goers cheered on the visitors and gave them a standing ovation.

Helping to boost the Scottish Government's long-term plan to build a strong relationship with China, the RSNO is set to play in Beijing before moving on to Tianjin and Macau.

Musician, Phil Cunningham wrote Cathcart 10 years ago for the Scottish Power Pipe Band, but it was revived for the special new years' concert and was said to be a favourite of the audience, who couldn't get enough of the bagpipes.

Including bagpipes in their concerts could now become a regular feature, according to principle conductor and music director Peter Oundjian.

The RSNO rang in the New Year with a showcase of Viennese waltzes and polkas, as well as playing Chinese composer Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture.

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