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Game of Thrones actor Daniel Portman is set to narrate Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman for RSNO’s Christmas Concerts...

Scottish actor Daniel Portman, famously known for portraying Podrick Payne in the hit HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones, will make his Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) debut next month, narrating the classic story of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, as part of this year’s RSNO Christmas Concerts.

The Glasgow-born actor will be known to many, with Daniel’s film credits including Outcast and The Angel’s Share. On the small screen he has appeared in Scottish soap opera River City.

The Orchestra takes its popular RSNO Christmas Concerts (sponsored by the RSNO’s Official Transport Provider ScotRail) – now firmly embedded as one of Scotland’s traditional seasonal events – to the Caird Hall, Dundee (Friday 16 December, 7.30pm); the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday 17 December, 2.00pm & 6.00pm), and to the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Sunday 18 December, 3.00pm). Led by conductor Christopher Bell, the Orchestra will perform Howard Blake’s iconic soundtrack synchronised with the screening of the animated film, with vocal soloists for the famous ballad Walking in the Air drawn from the RSNO’s own Junior Chorus. The concerts also feature well-known festive musical favourites, audience participation, the RSNO Chorus or Junior Chorus, and a few surprises.

Daniel Portman said, “Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is a big part of Christmas – it wouldn’t be the same without the classic animation and Howard Blake’s moving score. I’m very much looking forward to my RSNO debut. Narrating the story with the film and full symphonic support is going to be a highlight of my festive season.”

In addition to the RSNO Christmas Concerts the Orchestra will be performing alongside Owen and Olly for two distinct Children’s Classic Concerts’ festive shows, Christmas Countdown on Sunday 4 December (1.00pm & 3.00pm) at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and Christmas Swingalong with the RSNO Big Band, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 11 December.

On Monday 2 January 2017 the Orchestra welcomes audiences to a new year at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for its matinee performance of Handel’s Messiah (3.00pm), with historical performance conductor Laurence Cummings joined onstage by soprano Elizabeth Atherton, counter-tenor Robin Blaze, tenor Joshua Ellicott, bass-baritone Peter Harvey and the RSNO Chorus .

Conductor Ben Gernon and soprano Jennifer France present Viennese Gala at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (Friday 6 January, 7.30pm); the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm (Saturday 7 January, 7.30pm); Perth Concert Hall (Sunday 8 January, 3.00pm), Eden Court, Inverness (Tuesday 10 January, 7.30pm) and at Albert Halls, Stirling (Wednesday 11 January, 7.30pm). For more information please go to www.rsno.org.uk.

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