The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra is a charity registered in Scotland No SC022256

The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music - Supporting & Championing Voluntary Music

Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

Welcome to the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra !

The  GCO is an amateur orchestra based in Glasgow, and has now been making music for 60 years. We give 3 main concerts each year in March, June and November.  You can find out lots more about the orchestra and its music in the pages of this web-site.  Hopefully, you will be encouraged to come along to a concert, or if you are a musician, you may be interested in joining us.  We invite you to browse through the site, and if you need more information, there is a Contacts Page so that you can get in touch.

Next Session

With the AGM now behind us, the orchestra is now officially ‘on holiday’ till next session.  Rehearsals will therefore resume on Tuesday 13th September, in Balshagray Victoria Park Church at 7.30 pm.  

Meanwhile, details of our future concert dates and programmes can be found on our Concerts page.   


WOW! What a concert!

Our 60th Anniversary celebrations were showcased by a fabulous concert in the splendid setting of the Bute Hall at Glasgow University.  A packed house heard an expanded GCO tackle two mighty pieces by Shostakovich, his Festive Overture and his 5th Symphony, plus the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, played gloriously by Gongbo Jiang.

Peter Jones posted on Facebook his thoughts on the concert Massive congratulations to the players of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra for last night's concert in the Bute Hall.  Their commitment passion and energy made me so proud to be the conductor of this fine orchestra.  Huge thanks also to Gongbo Jiang for his magnificent playing of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.  It was a treat to accompany him.  The fifth symphony of Shostakovich was a huge challenge for the orchestra but when we hit that final note I knew something very special had just taken place.  I would say it was the highlight of our 25 years together.  Thank you GCO X”

David Hay, chairperson of the orchestra said a huge 'well done' to everyone for Saturday's concert.  It was a stunning evening, in stunning surroundings and I thought the orchestra played its socks off in a fantastic performance.  Quite simply I thought the orchestra was superb.  Thank you to everyone for your hard work practising fiendish parts, in bringing along what certainly seemed to be a huge audience, and making the evening the great success that it was.  A huge thank you also to our extra players who bolstered our ranks so brilliantly.”

Click the button below to go to our Gallery page to see some photographs of the concert taken by one of our former conductors, William Kean.  We are indebted to Bill for providing these excellent pictures of a very happy evening in the Bute Hall.

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