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

Spring Concert

Saturday 17 March 2018 at 7.30pm

Sherbrooke Mosspark Parish Church
(formerly Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s church), Nithsdale Road

Summer Concert

Saturday 2 June 2018

Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church


Coriolan Overture Op 62


Symphony No 1 Op 25
              'Classical Symphony'


Symphony No 38 K504 'Prague'


Symphony No 101 'The Clock'

Conductor : Peter Cynfryn Jones

Leader : Hazel McDonald

Future Concerts

Guest Conductor : Razvan Luculescu

Leader : John Thompson


Cosi fan Tutte Overture


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


Symphony No 3 Op 55 'Eroica'

The Programme

Mozart - Cosi Fan Tutti Overture

The Opera of Cosi Fan Tutte, K588, set in 18th century Naples, was first performed on 26 January 1790 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

The title of the opera translates as "Thus do all (women)" but is usually translated into English as "Women are like that" and its theme is quoted by Mozart and Da Ponte as "fiancée swapping"!  The subject-matter did not offend the Viennese of the time, but throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was considered risqué and vulgar and, as a result, it was rarely performed and didn’t gain its place in the standard operatic repertoire until after World War II.

Mozart  - Sinfonia Concertante in Eb for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

The Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 (320d), was written in 1779 whilst Mozart was on a tour of Europe and is scored in three movements for solo violin, solo viola, two oboes, two horns, and strings.

It is a popular concert piece that has appeared in many other guises and genres. In literature, it is mentioned in William Styron's novel Sophie’s Choice. In film it appears in the soundtrack to the Peter Greenway film Drowning by Numbers, while the first movement pops up briefly in the film Amadeus.

The piece is considered to be Mozart’s most successful cross-over piece between symphony and concerto.

Beethoven – Symphony No 3 in Eb Major, Opus 55, Eroica

Beethoven’s third symphony was composed between 1803-04 and had its first performance in Vienna in 1805. The piece is considered to be one of the composer's most celebrated works, and marks the beginning of Beethoven's creative middle-period. The work is grounded in the Classical symphonic tradition while also stretching boundaries of form, length, harmony, and emotional content. It was more than double the length of the symphonies of Haydn and Mozart and longer than his own first two symphonies and it has widely been considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in music.

Beethoven originally dedicated the third symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, whom he felt embodied the ideals of the French Revolution. However, in the autumn of 1804, Beethoven withdrew this dedication lest it cost him the fee paid by a royal patron and, as a result he re-dedicated the work to Prince Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz. He did, however still entitle the work "Bonaparte". This naming was short lived though since, on hearing that Bonaparte had declared himself Emperor, Beethoven, in a rage, tore off the title-page of the work and threw it away.  Since then, the piece has been known as the Eroica.

Razvan Luculescu

Razvan Luculescu graduated in Orchestral Conducting at the National Music University in Bucharest, and had a Conducting Master Class in Vienna in 2009, where he had the chance to conduct Sinfonia Baden.  

As a conductor, he approached both operatic and symphonic repertoire, having collaborations with National Operetta Theatre in Bucharest, Oleg Danovski National Opera Theatre in Constanta, Pitesti Philharmonic, Campina Philharmonic Society, UCD Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, or Glasgow Sinfonia. He also freelanced as a repetiteur for many instrumental and vocal soloists.

In 2010, Razvan moved to Scotland, where he currently works as a Musical Director for Falkirk Festival Chorus, Organist and Choir Director at Portland Parish Church in Troon, and Musical Director for the Bathgate Concert Orchestra. He is also appointed as a pianist for the Glasgow Ballet Studio and accompanist for East Renfrewshire School Choirs and Strathaven Choral Society.

Razvan Luculescu
- Guest Conductor

Chamber Music Concert

The provisional date for our popular and informal Chamber Music Concert is Saturday 16 June 2018, at our usual venue of Martyrs’ Sandyford Church, Montgomery Road, Paisley, PA3 4LQ

Tickets for this concert are now available from our new online booking site Just click on the button below, to be taken to their ticketing site and purchase your tickets today!

Tickets are also now available from members of the orchestra, or they can be purchased at the door of Sherbrooke Mosspark Parish Church on the evening of the concert.

Ticket prices are as follows:   

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

Note: a small booking fee will apply if purchasing your tickets online.

Fiona Robertson (violin)

Fiona is based in the Netherlands, where she freelances with a variety of ensembles. She studied with Ilya Grubert and Maria Milstein at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and with Jan Repko at the Royal College of Music, London.  She has performed at venues and festivals throughout the UK and the Netherlands, including the Wigmore Hall and St.-Martin-in-the-Fields.  She also performs regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Shapeshift Ensemble, AKOM Ensemble and Philharmonia Amsterdam.

Fiona has appeared as soloist with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Festival Orchestra and Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, performing the Sibelius, Berg and Bruch concertos. Recent engagements have included recitals at the Muziekkamer in Zaandam and the Papageno Huis in Laren with pianist Jaap Kooi.

Fiona has a special interest in contemporary music and has performed works by Louis Andriessen, Maxim Shalygin, Salvatore Sciarrino, Edith Canat de Chizy and Boris Bezemer. In 2014 she recorded a set of solo violin pieces called ‘SPOTS’ by the Italian composer, Simone Fontanelli. In 2015, she was the winner of the inaugural Contemporary Music Competition at the Royal College of Music. She recently performed at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in a new Virtual Reality Opera by Luke Deane called ‘We Cannot Sleep’.

Fiona has appeared in masterclasses with Alina Ibragimova, Christoph Richter, Pavel Fischer and members of the Chilingirian, Ysaye and Smith quartets. She has appeared live on BBC Radio 3, performing quartets by Brahms and Haydn.

Morag Robertson (viola)

Fiona Robertson (violin)

Morag Robertson (viola)

Morag graduated from the Royal College of Music in July 2017 where she studied with Jonathan Barritt and is now continuing her studies with Vicci Wardman at the Royal Northern College of Music on the prestigious RNCM/Hallé String Leadership Training Scheme. She is a founding member of the London based Manon Quartet who are recipients of a number of prizes including the CAVATINA Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition and the RCM Helen Just and Susan Connell String Quartet Prize. The quartet have a particular interest in performing new music and regularly collaborate with composers.

Morag has appeared as guest viola with the Edinburgh Quartet, having won their Young Apprentice Competition in 2016 and has performed as Young Artist with the Scottish Ensemble. She has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, appearing as principal viola on a number of occasions.