2015 Fringe


UntitledWhat a magnificent time we had! We held the concert in St Cuthbert’s Church at the West End of Princes Street for the first time and it was a marvellous venue for us. A combination of a somewhat earlier date, in the middle of the Festival rather than at the end, excellent weather and a glowing write-up that appeared in the local press on the morning of the performance, meant that the main hall was full well before we started and unexpectedly, we had to open the balcony. This is something we don’t usually do as missiles hurled from an elevated position are much more likely to reach their target!
Our programme was a mixture of old and new, and we were lucky to have the composers present for each of the three new pieces, all of which were well received by the audience. We played the final movement of Tom Cunningham’s Edinburgh Suite, appropriately “Festival Frolis”, with Tom, a former RTO player, joining us to strengthen the cello section for the whole concert. We will be playing more of his music next year.

Fergus Hall’s Two and a Half Pillars of Wisdom explored three of the characters in Alexander McCall Smith’s Von Igelfeld novels, and captured the essence of each admirably. Wonderful music from a Glasgow University student.

RTO Fringe 2015 Lewis - tarted up a bitThe March of the Clowns was written by Lewis Drummond, evoking the spirit of circus clowns both in his music and his fabulous waistcoat. The audience rose to their feet for this, a great triumph for a composer still at school!

Our Emerging Composers

Edwin at desk
Edwin Sun Winner of the Emerging Composers Competition 2016 A Wee bit of Irish Scottish Jig
 Feyi Adebiyi Sinfonia No 1
 Jack McKenzie A Tale of Old
 Caroline Penn The Witches
 Ryan Yard River Travels Onwards

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Emerging Composer Announced!

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The £1,000 winner was Edwin Sung, with the Celtic A Wee Big Irish Scottish Jig. Choosing a runner-up from some fantastic compositions was impossible, so we had 4. See here for details.
We have 5 terrific pieces of music to rehearse and play in a special concert next Spring. Watch the website for details.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015

The Really Terrible Orchestra will be returning to play at the Fringe Festival on Saturday 15th August 2015. Tickets will be available from an orchestra member or edinburgh fringe box office shortly.

Programme will include newly commissioned music, Challenging pieces by Greig, Beethoven, and Rossini.


Alexander McCall Smith in conversation during our debut concert at Glasgow's City Hall on 13 October 2012.

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Photography: ©Alex Hewitt.

Five Star RTO

Five-star the RTO continues to lead the revolution for the musically disadvantaged with its unique musical interpretations. A triumph that proves bad is good. With its blend of humour, musicality and lack of technical prowess, the players surge through a lively programme taking the audience with them, creating a wave of excitement and hope that nothing will go wrong. The RTO never disappoints. 'These musicians who are dreadful are always a hot ticket. How can that be?' (ABC News) MORE

Fanfare for Glasgow

13 October 2012 at CIty Hall, Glasgow.

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Photographs: © Alex Hewitt.