Graduate duo appointed to RSNO

Published: September 21, 2017


Two Royal Conservatoire of Scotland music graduates have been appointed to positions in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

Andrew McLean has been announced as Associate Principal Horn and Peter Dykes becomes Associate Principal Oboe at Scotland’s national orchestra following a competitive audition and trial process.

For Andrew, the role comes two years after he graduated with a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire, ranked in the world’s top three for performing arts education and number one in Scotland for graduate employability.

Originally from Dunoon in Argyll and Bute, Andrew first picked up a brass instrument at the age of ten. During his school years he performed with the West of Scotland Schools Orchestra and benefitted from the RSNO’s side-by-side scheme, playing alongside professional members of the Orchestra. He attended the former Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) Junior Academy in Glasgow under the tuition of former RSNO Principal Horn, Maurice Temple before studying at Scotland’s national conservatoire. There, he studied with Hugh Potts, David Flack and Head of Brass, John Logan – himself a former Associate Principal Horn at the RSNO.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said: “I am delighted to become a full-time member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I have been attending RSNO concerts since I started playing the horn – I am now thrilled to be a part of, not only a great section, but a fantastic orchestra.”

John Logan, Head of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire, said: “I taught Andrew for the first two years of his time at the RCS. We first met while I was still with the RSNO, when we performed side-by-side with the West of Scotland Schools Orchestra. He was always regarded as a hard-working individual, who was prevalent playing principal parts in the orchestra and also with RCS’ top brass ensemble. I’m so happy that he is now in the job that I cherished for 17 years in the RSNO and wish him every success.”

Peter, who is originally from North Yorkshire, graduated from what was the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), having studied under former RSNO Principal Oboe Stephane Rancourt and former RSNO Principal Cor Anglais Stephen West, graduating in 2000. During this time, he made regular guest appearances with the RSNO and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Peter was a member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, which toured extensively in Europe and North America. He has also made concerto performances with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Peter’s previous orchestral positions include Solo Oboe with the Slovenia National Theatre Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Principal Oboe with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand, and Associate Principal Oboe with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Peter said: “I’m thrilled to have come full circle and joined the orchestra that I not only spent my formative years listening to, but also had my first professional orchestral experience with, conducted by Alexander Lazarev in 1999. Also, after spending 17 years living overseas, it’s brilliant to be back in Glasgow, my favourite city!”