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 8RG
The Glasgow Amateur Orchestral Society was founded at a meeting at 37 Sauchiehall Street, “for the study and practice of orchestral music” and “practisings” were held in The Saint Andrew’s Halls at 285 Bath Street.
The first concert took place in the Queen’s Rooms on, conducted by HD Mehul, nephew of the French composer Etienne Mehul (1763-1817)
The orchestra was foundering and amalgamated with another struggling group, the Glasgow Southern Orchestral Society.
Women musicians were admitted for the first time as full playing (and paying) members
The orchestra performed two concerts as part of the official programme of events.
The orchestra continued to rehearse and perform but abandoned its activities in 1916 and did not reconvene until 1919
There were no celebrations planned for the Golden Jubilee because of the impact of the war but a significant celebration took place in 1930, including a civic reception with the Lord provost present.
The Society was renamed Glasgow Orchestral Society, dropping the term “amateur “ from its title.
The blaze in the orchestra’s permanent home destroyed the Society’s extensive music library, most of its document archive and four double basses, one cello, one viola, a trombone, and all percussion apart from the timps.
The orchestra celebrated its centenary.
The tour took the orchestra to Umbria in Italy, with concerts in Chiusi, Gubbio, and Perugia
Celebrated in all four concerts with women playing in the ranks, as soloists, and as conductor.
Concerts in Marianske Lazne, Pilsen and Prague
In this concert, Robert Baxter takes up the baton for the first time with GOS to conduct us in a programme packed with emotional intensity: the dramatic overture from Verdi’s opera La Forza del Destino; Richard Strauss’ emotionally powerful Four Last Songs, written at the very end of his life; and Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No 4. We are joined by Maria Kozlova, soprano, recent graduate (with distinction) of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Masters programme in the Alexander Gibson Opera School. Maria has a burgeoning professional career and we are delighted to have her join us for this sublime work.
Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15pm to 9:45pm, normally in the Maryhill Burgh Halls, 45 Gairbraid Avenue (just east of the aqueduct carrying the canal over Maryhill Road).
Rehearsals after the summer break start again on Monday 28 August 2017.
The 2017-18 season's concerts will be on 29 October 2017, 10 December 2017, 4 March 2018* and 20 May 2017*
(* to be confirmed)
Download the Members’ Handbook here
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.
Secretary Claire Hollingworth firstname.lastname@example.org