our next concert is:


The Queen's Hall Dunoon

Sunday 19th May 2019, 1500 

£10/£5 (coach and ferry from Glasgow additional £10) Email treasurer@gos.org.uk to secure your tickets

About us

Glasgow Orchestral Society, founded in 1870, is a symphony orchestra with about 70 members. Our repertoire covers a wide range of music, from the classical era to the present day, including new works (recently by John Maxwell Geddes and Tom David Wilson) and choral works with local choirs.

We are a non-auditioning orchestra and we enjoy making music to the highest standards and having as much fun as possible in the process!

We are very fortunate to have a number of different conductors for our concerts, each bringing their own personality and distinctive style to our rehearsals and performances.

We give four concerts a year and rehearse weekly on Monday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.45pm, from September to May, in Maryhill Burgh Halls, 45 Gairbraid Avenue, G20 8YE

Glasgow Orchestral Society will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020-21.

A HISTORY OF The Glasgow Orchestral Society

What's on

Final concert 2018/19 

Sunday 19th May 2019, 15:00 The Queen's Hall Dunoon

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6 'Pathetique'; Brahms, Academic Festival Overture; Kodaly, Dances of Galanta (conducted by Robert Baxter) 

Tickets £10/£5 (children and fulltime students), plus £10 for bus and ferry from Glasgow.  Reserve by emailing treasurer@gos.org.uk 

Concert Schedule 2019/20

Sunday 20th October 2019 19:30 Sherbrooke Mosspark Church, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Dvorak, Symphonic Variation plus more (conducted by Leon Reimer)

Sunday 15th December 2019 18:30  Sherbrooke Mosspark Church, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Programme TBC (conducted by Ross Gunning)

Saturday 14th March 2020 19:30  New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Halls 

Schumamm, Konzerstuck for Four Horns plus more (conducted by Chris Swaffer)

Sunday 17th May 2020 19:30 Sherbrooke Mosspark Church, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Programme TBC (conducted by Robert Baxter)

Download a full history of past concerts



Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15pm to 9:45pm in Maryhill Burgh Halls (45 Gairbraid Avenue G20 8YE)

Download the Rehearsal Schedule here


  • 2018/19 full annual subscription: £120 
  • 2018/19 students and unemployed: £50



Download the Members’ Handbook here

Kettle drum and drum sticks

Join Us

We do not formally audition, but you should be of at least Associated Board Grade 7 standard or higher, with relevant orchestral playing experience. And you should have enough free time and be prepared to practise your parts at home between rehearsals.

New members will be invited to attend rehearsals and perform in two concerts and the committee will then decide, in consultation with the relevant section leader, to invite you to join the orchestra for the longer term.

You will be asked to pay 50% of the annual subscription for the first concert, the balance of the year's subscription to be paid on mutually satisfactory completion of the first term.

Non-playing friends are also invited to get involved in our activities.


New players are welcome if we have places.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss current vacancies.


Get Involved

You can help play a part in making GOS a success in many ways:

  • Attend our concerts regularly!
  • Volunteer to help with non-playing tasks: eg finding sponsorship, marketing/ advertising our concerts, selling advertising space in our programmes
  • Sponsor a musician, a soloist, a piece of music, or even a concert
  • Advertise your organisation or business in our programmes

You could also sign up to Easyfundraising to raise funds for us when you shop online with major retailers and travel companies: www.easyfundraising.org.uk

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