Gala Concert

Ryder Cup Gala Concert

Ryder Cup teams welcomed to Scotland with Gala Concert

The European and US Ryder Cup Teams will head a showpiece event including the likes of Jake Bugg, Texas, Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt and many more


Tickets for the concert go on general sale on Saturday 19th July at 10am and will be available from , and by calling 08444 999 990 or 0844 395 4000

Scottish songstress Amy Macdonald has been announced as the latest act to join The 2014 Ryder Cup Gala Concert, which is taking place at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow on Wednesday 24thSeptember. Amy’s performance will be an exciting, one-off collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

Golf fans will have the chance to welcome both the European and USA Ryder Cup teams to Scotland, the Home of Golf, during a one-off Ryder Cup Gala Concert which will take place in Glasgow to mark the start of the historic event.

The two teams assembled by Captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson, will form the centrepiece of the Concert as they are presented on stage to a capacity 12,000 audience at the world-class Hydro Arena ahead of The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

In what will provide a fitting welcome to Scotland for one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events, the Concert will also see golf, music and the arts unite for one evening only to create an unforgettable and extraordinary event.

Taking place on Wednesday 24 September, the Concert promises an awe-inspiring fusion of vibrant colour, stunning lighting and spectacular performances as the two teams meet live on stage for the first time.

Curated by celebrated Creative Director Kim Gavin, whose portfolio includes the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, Take That Progress Live Tour (2011) and the Concert for Diana (2007); world renowned talent from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland will collaborate for the first time with contemporary artists including Jake Bugg, Texas, Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt and more (still to be announced).

The Concert is a signature event within the Homecoming Scotland programme and celebrates the start of The 2014 Ryder Cup, which takes place 23-28 September and is supported by EventScotland, a directorate of VisitScotland, and Ryder Cup Europe.

While the two star-studded teams will be one of the main attraction for thousands of golf fans packing the Hydro, the musical bill will be headed up by a host of musical talent, including:
At the age of just twenty, Jake Bugg is one of British music’s hottest properties. The singer/songwriter released his self-titled debut album, in late 2012 and hit the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. Since then, it has been certified Platinum in the UK. A stunning live performer, Jake’s hits include ‘Lightning Bolt’ and ‘Two Fingers’. He will bring a touch of rock ‘n’ roll to the Ryder Cup Gala Concert proceedings.

Having sold over 35 million albums to date, Texas is one of Scotland’s most successful musical exports and hitmakers. Collaborating with the RSNO in the concert’s second half, the audience will see Texas perform their wide range of hits as they’ve never been seen before.

Almost three years and over 300 gigs since the release of their silver-selling, debut album, Free, catapulted them from clubs to sold-out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire and the main stage at T in the Park, with new album, ‘Great Divide’, Twin Atlantic have made a mainstream record that marries their incredible energy live with a more mature approach to songwriting that acknowledges their long-held love of pop.

Lead singer Sam McTrusty managed to get his hands on the Ryder Cup trophy at the weekend and had this to say, “I’ve just been holding the Ryder Cup! Golf has been part of my life longer than music has and in more of a personal way. But golf has really taught me lots – everything I’ve learned from golf I’ve then put into being in a band. You don’t stand on the tee and hit the ball straight 330 yards without practising for years before that.”

One of Scotland’s most exciting new talents, Nina Nesbitt, joins the bill. The ‘selfies’ singer has gained a huge fanbase whilst taking her sun soaked folk-pop around the globe and debut album ‘Peroxide’ charted at Number 11  in the UK.    

Known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, Eddi Reader is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts. In 2003 she showcased the works of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, and is one of Scotland’s best loved talents.

Completing the musical bill for the launch announcement are singer/songwriter Midge Ure and Danny Wilson, who will reform especially for the evening to perform ‘Mary's Prayer’.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is Scotland’s national symphonic ensemble and is one of the country’s five National Performing Companies. Representing Scotland around the world, The RSNO is made up of some of the country’s most talented classical musicians and throughout its history, has played an integral part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004.

For the first time live on stage at the SSE Hydro, Scottish Ballet, Scotland's national dance company will perform a passionate duet sequence from Jealousy. Choreographed by James Cousins, winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award set up by director and choreographer Matthew Bourne OBE, Jealousy is a powerful duet, set to the haunting melody ‘O God protect me’ from experimental composer Ben Frost.

Jealousy takes its inspiration from Alain Robbe-Grillet’s 1957 novel written from the viewpoint of a man who suspects his wife of adultery. Jealousy offers an intimate viewpoint of a passionate and obsessive relationship, and will be performed by Scottish Ballet principal dancer Sophie Martin and soloist Victor Zarallo.

National Theatre of Scotland will present an excerpt of its critically acclaimed stage production, ‘Glasgow Girls’. Based on a true story, Glasgow Girls was conceived and directed by Cora Bissett, written by David Greig and co-produced with Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Pachamama Productions and Jordan Productions. Glasgow Girls follows a group of seven teenage girls whose lives are changed forever when they arrive at school one day to be told that one of their friends - and her asylum seeking family - have been forcibly taken from their home to be deported. Sunday Express recently described it as “staged and performed with an integrity that makes it the most politically engaged and enraged British musical since Blood Brothers, but it is even more raw and heart-breaking because it is entirely true.”

Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Andrew McTaggart will perform Dark Island, a traditional Scottish song, arranged and accompanied by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark.

The RSNO will also be playing a selection of the works of renowned composer Craig Armstrong, providing the soundtrack to a bespoke short film created by Kim Gavin, especially for the audience on the night. Armstrong's score for William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet earned him a BAFTA for Achievement in Film Music and an Ivor Novello. His composition for Baz Luhrmann’s musical Moulin Rouge! earned him the 2001 American Film Institute’s composer of the Year award, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and a BAFTA.
Armstrong was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Original Score in 2004 for the biopic Ray.

The evening will be set in the impressive surroundings of Glasgow’s brand new Hydro Arena, which has already played host to some of the biggest names in the world of music and offers the perfect space to showcase this exquisite event.

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop said:  "The Ryder Cup is a once-in-a- generation opportunity to see Scotland host one of the biggest sporting events in the world which will also leave behind a lasting legacy for Scotland.   I'm delighted that the state of the art Hydro Arena will play host to the Gala Concert and the exciting line up performing during this signature event within the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme will undoubtedly showcase Scotland on the world's stage."

Kim Gavin, Executive Producer of the show said, “The Ryder Cup is one of the most exciting events in the sporting calendar and to have the opportunity to work on two of the biggest sporting events in the world (Ryder Cup and London 2012 Closing Ceremony) is a dream come true for me. What’s really exciting about working on this show is the fusion of live music and culture plus I’m a huge sports fan too so this ticks all the boxes. It’s going to be a really special night”.

Said Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts & Events, “When we first discussed the concept for the Ryder Cup Gala Concert, a stand out objective was to put on a show that Scotland had never seen before and was as unique as the Ryder Cup event itself. Working with Kim to realise his vision has been a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to see it all come to life when September rolls around! Golf, music and arts fans alike are in for an incredible evening of entertainment”.  

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, lead agency for delivering The 2014 Ryder Cup on behalf of Scotland, said: “The Ryder Cup is an incredibly exciting, important event for Scotland, and we wanted to welcome the two teams to Scotland, the Home of Golf, in a special way. Therefore, we had to create a celebration concert that was unique, bringing together in one place the culture, history and sporting tradition of our remarkable country.  The concept of merging the classical with the contemporary is inspired, stirring the audience to embrace all sides of Scottish culture, and of course, golf is a huge part of that.  

“The Ryder Cup will enhance and showcase Scotland as the ’Home of Golf’, and with its broadcast  reach of a staggering 183 countries across the world, it will inspire a generation not just to play golf on our shores, but experience all that our country has to offer from events to business to leisure.  The legacy is infinite.”

Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director said: “The Gala Concert is the curtain-raiser for The 2014 Ryder Cup and is the first chance to welcome the players of the European Team and the USA Team to Scotland.

“Bringing together the country’s proud golfing heritage with a variety of Scotland’s most celebrated musical and cultural artists, this event offers something for everyone and presents a unique opportunity to sample the special atmosphere of The Ryder Cup.”

Tickets for the concert go on general sale on Saturday 19th July at 10am and will be available from , and by calling 08444 999 990 or 0844 395 4000