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

Leader - Hazel McDonald

Past Leaders of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

John Thompson

2015 - 2018

Bob Nelson

1999 - 2014

Sam Murdoch

1985 - 1998

Nigel Capps

1984 - 1985

Sam Murdoch

1974 - 1984

Morrison Dunbar

1967 - 1974

Hazel McDonald has been a member of GCO since 1994.  After meeting her former teacher, Bob Nelson, and being encouraged to audition for the orchestra, Hazel has been a committed member ever since.  Hazel has been playing violin since she was four, studying with Bob Nelson at Junior RSAMD and Christine Nelson privately before going to University to study Civil Engineering at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.  


After qualifying, Hazel returned to violin study with Wilson Hainey and Kanako Ito, both of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, gaining DipABRSM (Dist) in 2014.  Hazel also plays regularly with the Amicus Orchestra and also enjoys taking part in solo performances at her church, concerts in and around Moffat and chamber music with friends and family.