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.  


The table below lists those 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.

Stephen Broad

March 2021

Gerry Doherty

March 2020

Robert Baxter

March 2019

Razvan Luculescu

March 2018

Gordon Bragg

December 2013

Gordon Bragg

June 2013