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

Rehearsal Guidelines

Please arrive at rehearsals in sufficient time to be ready to start playing at 7.30pm prompt! Rehearsals run until just before 10pm, with a short interval around 9pm, when coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits are available at a small charge.

The orchestra is responsible for setting out chairs prior to each rehearsal, and for re-instating the accommodation at the end, so if you are able to lend a hand with this, that would be greatly appreciated.  Many hands make light work !

Doodle Poll

In order to make best use of our rehearsal time, we are using a web-based chart that allows everyone to indicate their attendance or absence at each rehearsal over the session.  The orchestra constitution states that members should commit to achieving at least a 70% attendance record over each session. While we can’t plan for every eventuality, it is important that we all make every effort to be at each rehearsal wherever possible.  

Members will be given a link to the Doodle Poll in the start-back letter, which will come out in late August, and thereafter at the start of each new term.  The first time you access the Poll, you will need to enter your name in the table.  Then, for each rehearsal date please tick the box if you will be attending the rehearsal.  There is no longer any option for possible attendance.  When you are finished, click on the “Save” button underneath the date options, on the far right of the page.  To modify you entries (for example, if you find that you can no longer attend a rehearsal), then simply return to the Poll using the email link.

Rehearsal & Concert Venues 2019-20

Balshagray Victoria Park Parish Church - Broomhill Cross, G11 7PZ

Sherbrooke Mosspark Parish Church - Nithsdale Road, G41 5AD

Broomhill Hyndland Church, Kingsborough Gardens Sanctuary, 81 Hyndland Road, G12 9JE

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow City Centre, G2 3NY

Memorial Chapel, The University of Glasgow

Rehearsal Venue

The Orchestra rehearses in Balshagray Victoria Park Church, located at Broomhill Cross, G11 7PZ, in Glasgow’s West End.   Access to the hall is via the door on Broomhill Gardens, up the right hand side of the church building.  Parking is free on the hill and on the nearby streets, but it is a busy area, so parking can some times be tricky!

Prior to each concert, the orchestra will endeavour to hold the final rehearsal at the concert venue, to give everyone a feel for the acoustic.  

Our main rehearsal venue is located in the halls of Balshagray Victoria Park Church, Broomhill Cross, G11 7PZ. Entry is by the top door on the Broomhill Gardens side of the church (right hand side as seen in the picture above).

Rehearsal Schedule - March to June 2020  

All rehearsals start at 7.30pm prompt, unless otherwise stated.

Note : Further details on rehearsals will be added as the session proceeds.

Orchestra Constitution - June 2017

The Constitution of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra can be downloaded by clicking on the icon opposite

GCO constitution June 2017.pdf

GCO Constitution 2017  Document

Programme Planning

Have you ever wondered who chooses the music that the GCO plays at its concerts?  The Programme Planning Group is a small, informal group of orchestra members led by the Chair that meets in January each year to plan the programme for the next session.  Ideas for pieces to play can come not just from members of the Group, but from anyone in the orchestra, and indeed we have had many good suggestions from members of our audiences in the past!

Member are encouraged to submit suggestions of music that you would like the GCO to perform. Please email Wendy at with your ideas at any time. All musical ideas are welcome, though if you want to play Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, please remember that we are just a ‘chamber’ orchestra!

Rehearsals are suspended until further notice, due to coronavirus constraints.

Members will be informed when circumstances change allowing us to resume rehearsals together.