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St Andrews Chamber Orchestra

St Andrews Chamber Orchestra LogoSt 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 Head of Instrumental Studies Bede Williams. The orchestra's recent repertoire has included Brahms' four symphonies, Beethoven's last three symphonies, overtures by Mozart and Weber, world premieres by Sally Beamish and Tom Wilson, and piano concerti by Grieg (with soloist Maebh Martin) and Beethoven (with internationally renowned soloist Susan Tomes).  In addition to regular concerts in St Andrews and Ediburgh, the orchestra has also toured to Northern Ireland (2015) and the West of Scotland (2018).

Semester two programme

Mussorgsky – Khovanshchina Overture
Wagner arr. Henze – Wesendonck Lieder

McGuire – Fanfare and Ferment for wind ensemble (world premiere)
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 9

Semester two rehearsal schedule:

Monday 4 February 6.45-9.45pm – 6.45 Mussorgsky, 7.15 Wagner, 7.45 Shostakovich

Monday 11 February 6.45-9.45pm – Shostakovich 

Monday 18 February 6.45-9.45pm –  6.45 Mussorgsky, 7.30 Wagner

Monday 25 February 6.45-9.45pm – Shostakovich/McGuire

Sunday 3 March  2-6pm – Shostakovich/McGuire

Monday 4 March 6.45-9.45pm – 6.45 Mussorgsky, 7.15 Wagner

Saturday 9 March 3-6pm rehearsal, 7.30pm concert

Sunday 10 March 3pm afternoon concert in Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow (bus leaving St Andrews circa 9am)



Rehearsals are between 18:45 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 audition. All members of the orchestra are required to audition at the start of each season. Auditions will take place during Orientation Week in conjunction with auditions for instrumental scholarships, the Music Centre's New Music Ensemble and music modules. The audition dates are here. To arrange an audition time, please contact the Music Centre office. For any enquiries about the orchestra, please contact Bede Williams.

Members are required to join the Music Centre.

Close up of Violin (JK)