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RSNO orchestrate a Happy Birthday bash for Glasgow Airport

Passengers joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in helping Glasgow Airport celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Director Eliot Murray led the 50-strong orchestra – backed up by 30 members of Dance House Glasgow - for two performances in the Departures area to mark the golden anniversary and launch the airport’s Best of Scotland Festival.

Held in the terminal each year, the Best of Scotland festival gives passengers the opportunity to celebrate and experience Scotland’s finest food, drink and culture by showcasing some of the best tastes, sights and sounds our country has to offer.

The RSNO and Director Eliott Murray performed a selection of hits from the decade the airport was opened, including some of the most popular hits from the sixties and well-known themes from film and television.

A dedicated arrangement of ‘Happy Birthday’ was also performed and passengers were invited to join in. Two people brave enough to lend their voices were each chosen to receive a £50 gift voucher to spend in the airport’s retail outlets, while other passengers tucked into RSNO and Glasgow Airport-themed cupcakes.

Steven Marshall, Head of Airline Marketing and Development at Glasgow Airport, said: “For many visitors Glasgow Airport is their first and last impression of our country, and our Best of Scotland campaign is a great way to celebrate the quality of our fare while also providing exciting and interesting entertainment for our passengers.

“Our 50th year has been one of our busiest ever in terms of passenger numbers, with the launch of some fantastic new routes and services, and we celebrated our birthday in style with an orchestral performance by the RSNO.”

RSNO Chief Executive Krishna Thiagarajan added: “We are always looking for new ways to present the live orchestral experience to audiences, and over the past five years we’ve developed a successful partnership with Glasgow Airport.

“This has led to some unforgettable moments, including having a Commonwealth Gold medallist and Scotland national team goalkeeper conduct Scotland’s national orchestra. This year is a significant birthday year for both Glasgow Airport and the RSNO, so it seemed appropriate to present the Orchestra in a party mood and bring a sense of the swinging sixties to the Departures area for passengers and staff.”

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