New director of learning and engagement appointed by RSNO

Harriet Clifford
Monday, April 19, 2021

Andy Stevenson joins the team with experience as a secondary music teacher and a commitment to closing the gap in music provision and engagement created by social deprivation.

Andy Stevenson
Andy Stevenson

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed a new director of learning and engagement to deliver education and community programmes throughout Scotland.

Taking up the role on 17 May, Andy Stevenson specialises in providing music experiences to people from all backgrounds, having worked as a secondary school music teacher with experience in directing ensembles and international tours for young people.

Stevenson studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University. 

Upon his appointment as director of learning and engagement, Stevenson said: ‘The opportunity to work with the RSNO’s musicians and staff to ensure that everyone in Scotland has access to inspiring orchestral experiences is one that greatly excites me, and I look forward to bringing my educational experience and creativity to the Director of Learning and Engagement role.

‘Scotland’s arts sector has so much to offer its citizens, particularly in light of the past year and the recent challenges we have all faced. I can’t wait to join the team and get started.’

RSNO chief executive Alistair Mackie: ‘Andy’s experience of frontline education and community work will prove invaluable to the RSNO. We look forward to welcoming him to our team as we prepare to return to live performance. 

‘Andy’s appointment will extend our reach, build new creative partnerships, and create broader and deeper engagement with Scotland’s communities.’

RSNO has been running engagement projects throughout the pandemic, including RSNO Principals Month and a primary schools programme that will bring Gaspard the Fox to life in May.