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RSNO appoints Timothy Orpen as Principal Clarinet

Timothy Orpen takes up his post in August as Principal Clarinet, ahead of the 2020-21 Season.

Timothy joins following an international search for a Principal Clarinet since the 2014 retirement of John Cushing, who held the post for 36 years.

Now Scotland’s National Orchestra welcomes Timothy, who moves to the RSNO from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden where he has been Principal for the past 4 years.

An experienced orchestral musician, Timothy is a founder member and Principal of the Aurora Orchestra, with whom he continues to perform regularly in the UK and abroad. He has performed and broadcast concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Aurora Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia – where he was Principal Clarinet for 3 years. He has also performed as guest principal with the LSO, LPO, Philharmonia and London Sinfonietta.

Timothy Orpen said:

“The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is an incredibly talented team of musicians at the heart of the musical life of Scotland and I am very excited to join as Principal Clarinet. The RSNO is incredibly versatile and places established masterpieces alongside cutting-edge contemporary music.”


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