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

Conductors of the GCO

Following the resignation of our Principal Conductor, Peter Cynfryn Jones, the post of Principal Conductor will be reviewed.   The GCO thanks Peter for his many years of service to the orchestra, and wishes him well in all his future musical ventures.

We are delighted to announce that Robert Baxter will return to conduct our summer West End Festival concert in June.    

Principal Conductors of the GCO

Peter Cynfryn Jones

1991 - 2019

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

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 GCO

Stephen Broad

March 2021

Gerry Doherty

March 2020

Robert Baxter

March 2019

Razvan Luculescu

March 2018

Gordon Bragg

June/Dec 2013

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 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 and the Glasgow Orchestral Society.  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.

Below are listed all the past Principal Conductors of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra since its launch in 1967.  In addition, the orchestra has been fortunate to secure the services of a number of Guest Conductors, and these are also listed in the second table below.

List of Conductors of the GCO