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

Concerts for the 2017-18 Season

Winter Concert

Saturday 9 December 2017 at 7.30pm

Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church, Nithsdale Road

Spring Concert

Saturday 17 March 2018

Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church

Summer Concert

Saturday 2 June 2018

Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church


Barber of Seville Overture


Scottish Fantasy
    Soloist: Iona McDonald (violin)


Four Scottish Dances


Symphony No 8 in G major

This concert will be dedicated to the memory of Sam Murdoch, who died earlier this year. Sam was the leader of the orchestra for many years, and an inspiration to everyone who knew him.   


Cosi fan Tutte Overture


Sinfonia Concertante K364
                          for violin & viola
  Soloists: Fiona Robertson (violin)
              & Morag Robertson (viola)


Symphony No 3 Op 55 'Eroica'


Coriolan Overture Op 62


Symphony No 1 Op 25
              'Classical Symphony'


Symphony No 38 K504 'Prague'


Symphony No 101 'The Clock'

Guest Conductor : Razvan Luculescu

Leader : John Thompson

Conductor: Peter Cynfryn Jones

Leader : Hazel McDonald

Our soloist, Iona McDonald, is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has recently been appointed as the leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.  

Born in Dumfries, Iona spent 6 years at the Chetham School of Music before moving to the RAM.  Iona is a well known young musician around Dumfries and Galloway, regularly taking part in festivals, charity and fundraising events.  In her first year at RAM, Iona has been busy with trio, quartet, quintet, and string orchestral music, as well as playing new compositions in the Jazz Symphony Orchestra and with local orchestras.  

Iona was a Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra Concerto Finalist in 2014 and 2015, and has performed as soloist with Buxton Musical Society, Musicale, Halifax Symphony Orchestra and High Peak Orchestra.

Iona McDonald (violin)

Our 17/18 concert series kicks off with Rossini’s overture to the Barber of Seville, or “The Useless Precaution”. The opera premiered in 1816 at the Teatro Argentino, Rome with the work proving to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music. The overture is full of changing tempi to keep both orchestra and audience on their toes and ends at breakneck speed!

Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy was written in 1880 and dedicated to the violinist, Pablo de Sarasate. The piece is based on Scottish folk melodies, including "Through the Wood Laddie" with its prominent Scotch snap, "The Dusty Miller",  "I'm A' Doun for Lack O' Johnnie", and “Hey Tuttie Tatie”, which is better known as “Scots Wha Hae”.

Tickets for this concert are now available from the Eventbrite web-site. Just click on the Eventbrite button below, to be taken to their ticketing site and purchase your tickets on-line!

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Tickets are also available from members of the orchestra, or can be purchased at the door of Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church on the evening of the concert.

Ticket prices are as follows:   

Adults -  £12                  Concessions/Students - £9                         Under 18s - £4

Conductor : to be confirmed

Leader : Hazel McDonald

Upcoming Concerts

Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances” are inspired by, rather than based on, Scottish folk tunes. Arnold uses both orchestration and rhythm to evoke such things as bagpipes, the Scotch snap and reels. He even gives a touch of comedy in the middle section of the second dance where the bassoon imitates someone well under the influence of alcohol!

Dvorak’s Symphony Number 8 in G major was composed in 1889 on the occasion of his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. It is a cheery optimistic work, very different in style to the 7th or 9th symphonies, and draws many of its main themes from Bohemian folk music, beloved of Dvorak.