Throughout its early years, the orchestra played its Glasgow concerts in the acoustically wonderful St. Andrew's Hall. From the time the hall was destroyed by fire in 1962, the SNO
played in a series of venues of varying suitability. Finally in 1979, redesign of the Trinity Church on Claremont Street gave the SNO
a permanent home of its own: the SNO
Center and Henry Wood Hall.
Highlights in the orchestra's history include the introduction of the Promenade concerts, under Rankl; the establishment of its longstanding partnership with the Scottish Opera, its expansion to 96 (later reduced to 89) full-time players, its first international tour (1967), and its first American tour (1975), under Gibson
; and the granting of the title "Royal Scottish National Orchestra" by Queen Elizabeth II during Thomson
's tenure. While the orchestra boasts a wide-ranging repertory, it has been singled out for its recordings of Bruckner
, and twentieth century British composers like Bax
, and Holst
; it has also earned a particular reputation for recorded performances of film scores like Vertigo, Titanic, Superman, and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.