St Andrews Chamber Orchestra
St Andrews Chamber Orchestra brings together the best instrumentalists from the University to perform a wide range of chamber orchestra repertoire from the Baroque to the present day. It is conducted by the University's Director of Music, Michael Downes, and Bede Williams, with coaching from Feargus Hetherington (who also leads the orchestra). The orchestra's recent repertoire has included Beethoven's last three symphonies (including a memorable performance of the Ninth with St Andrews Chorus), Peter Maxwell Davies' exhilarating Orkney Wedding with Sunrise and the world premiere of North Sea Edge by Sally Beamish, the last two works performed as part of a special concert for the University's 600th anniversary. In March 2015 the orchestra made its first tour, to Northern Ireland, giving two performances of the Grieg Piano Concerto with soloist Maebh Martin and collaborating with the University of Ulster Choir.
The orchestra's exciting repertoire for the 2016–17 academic year includes Brahms Symphony no. 3, Weber’s Freischütz overture, Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 4 with internationally renowned soloist Susan Tomes, and the world premiere of Thomas David Wilson’s violin concerto (soloist: Feargus Hetherington).
The orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings between 19:15 and 21:45 in the Younger Hall. Membership of the orchestra is open to students, staff and members of the wider community, subject to an informal audition. All members of the orchestra are required to audition at the start of each season, though string players who have played with the orchestra in previous years are guaranteed a place. Auditions will take place during week one of the first semester, on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September 2016, in conjunction with auditions for instrumental scholarships, the Music Centre's New Music Ensemble and music modules. To arrange an audition time, please contact the Music Centre office. For any enquiries about the orchestra, please contact Michael Downes.
Members are required to join the Music Centre.