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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). 

Repertoire for 2018-19:

Semester one:

Edward Elgar – Introduction and Allegro (with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet)
Jenny Mcleod – Little Symphony 
Douglas Lilburn – Drysdale Overture
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a theme by Tallis (with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet)

Semester two:

Mussorgsky – Khovanshchina Overture
Wagner arr. Henze – Wesendonck Lieder
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 9

The rehearsal schedule for 2018-19 is as follows:

Semester one

Monday 17 September 6.45-9.45pm

6.45pm Lilburn 7.50pm McLeod

8.30pm String pieces, all winds and horns in Rehearsal Room

Monday 24 September 6.45-9.45pm

6.45pm Lilburn

8.30pm McLeod

Monday 1 October 6.45-9.45pm

6.45pm String pieces

Monday 8 October 6.45-9.45pm

6.45pm String pieces

7pm all wind and brass in St Salvator's Chapel

8.30pm McLeod 9.10pm Lilburn

Sunday 14 October 2-6pm

2pm McLeod

3pm Lilburn

4pm String pieces, winds and horns in Conference Room

Monday 15 October 6.45-9.45pm

6.45pm Lilburn, McLeod

8.30pm String pieces, winds and horns in St Salvator's Chapel

Saturday 20 October 3-6pm rehearsal, 7.30pm concert

2pm Winds and horns mini-concert for Chancellor’s Circle concert in Lower College Hall

2.30pm Lilburn, McLeod

3pm String pieces

5.30pm break

The winds and horns mini-concert will include some of the repertoire for the SCO side-by-side concert on Saturday 24 November, which includes Edward McGuire – Kaleidoscope Fanfare;  Gaetano Donizetti – Symphony for Winds in G Minor; Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie. 

 All members of the Chamber Orchestra will also attend a residential weekend at the Burn from 21-23 September

Semester two 

Monday 4 February 6.45-9.45pm

Monday 11 February 6.45-9.45pm

Monday 18 February 6.45-9.45pm

Monday 25 February 6.45-9.45pm

TBC Sunday 3 March  2-5pm and 6-9pm

Monday 4 March 6.45-9.45pm

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)