Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra is a charity registered in Scotland No SC022256

The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music Scotland - Supporting & Championing Voluntary Music

Welcome to the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra !

The GCO is an amateur orchestra based in Glasgow, and has been making music for over 60 years. We give 3 main concerts each year in March, June and November.  You can find out lots more about the orchestra and its music in the pages of this web-site.  Hopefully, you will be encouraged to come along to a concert, or if you are a musician, you may be interested in joining us.  We invite you to browse through the site, and if you need more information, there is a Contacts Page so that you can get in touch.

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The GCO is always on the look-out for new players. Details on our audition procedure can now be found by following the link below.

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 Rehearsal Details

Normal rehearsals for our summer concert continue on Tuesday 4 April at 7.30pm in the usual venue of Room W010A in the Hamish Wood Building at Glasgow Caledonian University.  

For the full Rehearsal Schedule - Click Here.

Advanced notice - There will be NO rehearsal on Tuesday 11th April, our Easter holiday break.  

Saturday 18th March 2017 @ 7.30pm

Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church, Nithsdale Road, Glasgow


A very full audience was treated to superb playing of Strauss's Horn Concerto No.2 by both soloist Alberto Menéndez Escribano, who played with beautiful tone and great agility, and the orchestra in technically challenging accompanying parts, in addition to rousing symphonic works by Saint-Saëns and Brahms.

Conductor Peter Cynfryn Jones  said after the performance:

"Huge congratulations to the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra for our concert last night.  Our soloist Alberto Menendez Escribano was absolutely stunning in the incredibly difficult second horn concerto of Richard Strauss.  Beautiful woodwind and horn solos and the strings played with great energy and commitment.  Well worth all the hard work over the past few weeks.  Great audience too.”

Thanks folks, Sibelius next ❤️"

We couldn't put it better!

Flute Vacancy - Update

First auditions have now been held, and a decision as to the way forward will be announced shortly.  Watch this space !

Future Concerts

The GCO season continues with a further choral concert in May, before our final full orchestral concert on Saturday 3 June.  Even then, the music doesn’t stop, with the return of our popular Chamber Music Concert on 10 June.  For details of all of these future events, go to our Concerts page by clicking here.


Saturday 25th March @ 7.30pm

Lyle Kirk, Newark Street, Greenock, PA16 7UR

Great performance by the orchestra at this Spring Concert in Greenock.  Special mention for our leader Hazel McDonald and our string sections, who took part in ‘teach-in’ sessions on the Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave overture, playing the themes to illustrate the music prior to the performance.