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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Join the GCO !

The GCO is always on the look-out for new players. Details on vacancies and how to join the orchestra can be found by clicking the link below.

GDPR at the GCO

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation introduced in 2018, GCO has implemented updated policies and procedures to ensure our compliance with this important new law.   To read our Data Protection and Retention Policy, please click on the link below.

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Vacancies at the GCO exist in all string sections - violins, violas, cellos and double basses - and for French horns.

Future Concerts in 2020

Following on from our Winter Concert, our Spring Concert will feature Jill Morton playing Shostakovich’s gorgeous Second Piano Concerto. Full details can be found on our Next Concert page.  

Our summer West End Festival Concert on 31 May in the Glasgow University Chapel will showcase Katherine Bryan playing Ibert’s delicious Flute Concerto.  Details of the programme can be found on our Future Concerts page.

In addition to these concerts, the GCO has been invited to accompany the Greenock Philharmonic Choir in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. This concert will take place on 28 March 2020. More details will be posted after the New Year.


Friday night at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall was another great success for GCO and for the CLIC Sargent charity.   Under their new Conductor, Alistair Digges, the choir was in fine voice, as was the tenor, Jamie MacDougall, who brought the house down with his rendition of Harry Lauder.  Stars of the show, of course, were the children of Aitkenhead Primary School, especially with their actions for the Twelve Days of Christmas, which had the audience in stitches.  Well done, too, to Alistair Digges who undertook to conduct the GCO’s party piece, Rossini’s Cinderella overture, to great effect.  A great night, and thanks to everyone who took part.

Winter Concert

Brilliant concert on Sunday night! Well done to everyone!  The orchestra was at peak form and produced some ravishing sounds, especially in the Ravel Mother Goose.  The Snowman was another amazing highlight, with Jordanhill Primary School choir proving to be the star turn “walking in the air”. Despite the bitterly cold night, we attracted a full house and the audience was clearly delighted with the programme and the performances.   A great night !

The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra wishes all its friends, members and supporters a peaceful and happy Christmas, and a prosperous and musical New Year!

Programme Planning

Each year, in January, the Orchestra Programme Planning committee meets to put together the programmes for the next season’s concerts.  The Committee would be delighted if members and friends of the orchestra were to submit ideas for future programmes.  

All ideas will be considered, but please bear in mind that we are a ‘Chamber’ orchestra, so  please don’t suggest Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”!!

If you have ideas for future programme, please email them to