The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra is a charity registered in Scotland No SC022256
The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music Scotland - Supporting & Championing Voluntary Music
The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra can trace its origins back to 1956, when the Glasgow String Orchestra was founded. Some ten years later, this strings-only group decided to extend its musical repertoire, and the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra was born. Since its first performance in 1967, the GCO has built an enviable reputation as one of the leading amateur orchestras in Scotland, and continues to attract some of the best amateur musicians in the region.
The orchestra is run on an entirely voluntary basis by the musicians themselves, with member subscriptions geared to enable players in all financial circumstances to take part. Orchestra members are drawn from all walks of life and from all over the central belt of Scotland. Doctors, secretaries, scientists, lawyers, students - the list of occupations is extensive, but all have a common desire to make music together to the highest possible standards, and this ethos runs throughout the orchestra. A committee of members is appointed each year at the AGM, and all members are encouraged to get involved in this vital aspect of the orchestra.
Our Musical Year
A typical session will comprise three full orchestral concerts in November, March and June, together with the CLIC Sargent Charity concert in December, for which we have been the in-house orchestra for the past 13 years. In addition, the orchestra is regularly invited to accompany local choirs and support one-off events. In recent years, an informal chamber music concert has been introduced in the summer.
Over the last few years, the orchestra has established links with the Leipzig Academic Orchester in Germany, with exchange visits taking place allowing musicians the opportunity to play in each other’s concerts.
Glasgow Caledonian University has provided the GCO with rehearsal accommodation for a number of years, and after a hiatus during which the campus has been re-developed, we are now back in the Hamish Wood building for most of our Tuesday rehearsals. On occasions when we have to move out of the campus (usually due to examinations), we rehearse either in Balshagray Victoria Park church or in our concert venue, Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s church. See the Members page for a detailed rehearsal schedule and how to find the venues.
Friends of the GCO
To secure the future of the orchestra, the GCO operates a ‘Friends’ scheme, details of which can be found here. A warm thanks to all who have supported the GCO in this way over the years and the orchestra would be delighted to welcome new friends through this scheme.
The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music Scotland, and is indebted to them for continuing support.