Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

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

Winter Concert

Saturday 1 December 2018 @ 7.30 pm

Sherbrooke Mosspark church, Nithsdale Road, G41 5AD

Conductor : Peter Cynfryn Jones

Leader : Hazel McDonald


Czech Suite in D major, Opus 39


Bassoon Concerto in F major, Opus 75

soloist - Graeme Brown


Overture "The Secret Marriage"


Symphony No 8 in F major, Opus 93


About our next Concert

Antonin Dvorak – Czech Suite

Dvorak was born the son of a butcher in a small village in Bohemia in 1841.  His musical career began as a viola player in the Prague National Theatre Orchestra, but he soon turned to composition, and here he was greatly helped by the likes of Brahms and Smetana, and by the operas of Wagner.  His Czech Suite, composed in 1879, combines these influences with the folk music of his homeland, and is scored for standard classical repertoire with double wind and brass, timpani and strings, except for the last movement into which he introduces a cor anglais.   The piece runs for just over 20 minutes and has five movements - Preludium, Polka, Sousedská (folk dance), Romance and Finale.  The Czech Suite is one of Dvorak’s most characterful works and is full of lyrical tunes and rich melodic variations.

Carl Maria von Weber – Bassoon Concerto

The Weber bassoon concerto is perhaps the second most significant work in the bassoon’s limited concerto repertoire (the first being the Mozart concerto).  The Concerto was composed in 1811 for Munich court musician Georg Friedrich Brandt, and then revised in 1822. The concerto is one of two pieces written for bassoon by Weber, the other being “Andante e Rondo Ungarese”, Opus 35.  The concerto is scored for solo bassoon and a classical sized orchestra consisting of double wind and brass, timpani and strings.

Domenico Cimarosa – Overture, The Secret Marriage

This overture comes from a two act opera which has music by Cimarosa and libretto by Giovanni Bertati. The opera is based  on the play “The Clandestine Marriage” by George Colman the Elder and David Garrick. The work was first performed on 7 February 1792 at the Imperial Hofburg Theatre in Vienna in the presence of Emperor Leopold II.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No 8

This symphony was composed in 1812 and received its first performance on 27 February 1814, at a concert in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.  Beethoven referred to his eighth symphony as "my little Symphony in F," distinguishing it from his sixth symphony, which although in the same key takes almost twice as long to perform and has one extra movement.    The symphony is scored for double wind and brass, timpani, and strings and lasts just under 30 minutes.  It is unique among Beethoven’s symphonies in not having a ‘slow’ movement as such. Instead, the second movement is a nod to his friend Malzel, the inventor of the metronome, with a cheerful tune accompanied by a regular ‘tick-tock’ that runs throughout the movement. The work comprises four movements - Allegro vivace e con brio, Allegretto scherzando, Tempo di menuetto and Allegro vivace.

Graeme Brown (bassoon)

Graeme Brown, our Soloist, grew up in the distillery village of Windygates, Fife and is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

He became a busy freelance bassoonist with orchestras throughout the UK, Ireland and France at the age of 19 and in 2015 was appointed Bassoon Principal no.2 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to this role, Graeme continues to perform with other orchestras throughout the UK. Recent guest appearances include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House and The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Graeme is also the double reed tutor at Dollar Academy.

Graeme now lives in Greenrigg, West Lothian with his fiancé Gareth and their two cats.

Tickets for our Winter Concert are now on sale from our online booking site  Simply click on the button below to go to their website

Ticket prices are as follows:   

              Adults -  £12                  Concessions/Students - £10                         Under 18s - £5

Tickets will also be available from members of the orchestra,
or they can be purchased at the door of the Church on the
evening of the concert.   Note: a small booking fee will apply
if purchasing your tickets online.

Season Ticket Scheme

The GCO now offers its regular supporters the opportunity to purchase a Season Ticket for the three concerts of the 2018/19 season. This provides a 20% discount on our regular adult and concession ticket prices, as shown below.


To purchase your Season Tickets, please email, with your name and address and state how many tickets you require.  We will get back to you to arrange payment and delivery of the tickets.