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

Principal Conductor

Peter Cynfryn Jones was born and educated in South Wales. He studied music at Cardiff University and then went on to study the violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra where his interest in conducting grew, encouraged by the then Assistant Conductor, Simon Rattle. He was appointed conductor of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra in 1991.

In 1994 Peter made his concert debut as conductor with the BBC SSO and has since conducted the orchestra on numerous occasions, at concerts, studio recordings and for many of the orchestra’s education projects including collaborations with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has also contributed in the past to courses run by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He is currently principal conductor of the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2016 Peter celebrated 25 years as principal conductor of the GCO. Under his baton the orchestra has performed a vast and varied repertoire including world premieres of works by leading contemporary Scottish composers.

Peter Cynfryn Jones

Principal Conductors of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

Peter Cynfryn Jones

1991 - present

William Kean

1989 - 1991

Giulio Romano

1988 - 1990

Charles Floyd

1987 - 1988

Graham Griffiths

1985 - 1986

William Webb

1982 - 1984

Sam Bor

1972 - 1981

Julian Dawson

1968 - 1972

Eoin Hamilton

1967 - 1968

Guest Conductors

In addition to our Principal Conductor, the GCO has been fortunate in securing the services of other conductors, stepping in to conduct rehearsals and concerts when our Principal Conductor was unavailable. The decision was recently taken to develop this approach and invite a Guest Conductor to conduct one full term and concert each year.  This season, we are delighted to welcome Robert Baxter to be our Guest Conductor for our Spring Concert.  

Stephen Broad

March 2021

Gerry Doherty

March 2020

Robert Baxter

March 2019

Razvan Luculescu

March 2018

Gordon Bragg

December 2013

Gordon Bragg

June 2013

The table below lists those guest conductors who have taken Concerts with the orchestra in past years, and also those who have now been appointed as Guest Conductor for future concerts.

Robert is currently MD for the Dunbartonshire Concert Band and the Helensburgh Orchestral Society where apart from regular concerts he has commissioned and premiered new works, toured and recorded. He regularly conducts regularly a number of regional youth orchestras and has been course director for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Spring Academy and conducted NYOS Juniors.

As Guest Conductor, Robert has conducted the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, RSNO Community Orchestra, Amicus, Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society and he also enjoys teaching trumpet and taking performance classes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland junior department and for the Music School of Douglas Academy.  Many of his students have gone on to study at leading music conservatoires throughout the UK.

Robert Baxter

Robert Baxter is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied trumpet. Since graduating he has worked, and continues to work extensively, with every professional orchestra in Scotland. He has also performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, New London Consort, Manchester Camerata, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Flanders Symphony. He studied conducting with Ilan Volkov and Kristian Kluttig and has conducted the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.

 This season Robert will conduct at Scottish Ballet for Prokofiev’s Cinderella.  He has been MD for the film composer Craig Armstrong in an evening of the composer’s music. He has also been MD for the Scottish Concert Orchestra conducting for both Belle and Sebastian and Colours Classical 2018 in the SSE Hydro, and for Celtic Connections in a televised concert from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the Chieftains and Kris Kristofferson.

Guest Conductors of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra