The RTO in Stockholm


stockholm_final_coverKeeping up tradition, the RTO is off on another international tour.
The RTO has been invited  to play in Stockholm. We will be playing in the Musikaliska Hall, in central Stockholm, on the 3rd June 2017.
The Lilla Akademien, our host,  is a specialist music school. Originally it was only for primary children but now has pupils of all ages. This has all been achieved in less than 20 years. Schools in Sweden are not allowed to be selective but the Lilla Akademien have managed to persuade the Parliament to relax the rules a bit. Their musical standards are very high, so why have they taken a risk and  invited the RTO?
The Swedes take their music very seriously and the RTO has been invited to show that music can also be fun. We hope to demonstrate that audiences are allowed to laugh as they appreciate the efforts of the musically challenged,

And we did!

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!

Edwin and Sandy cropped fuzzy

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.

You can find more images about this unique event here
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.