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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, with coaching from Feargus Hetherington (who also leads the orchestra). The orchestra's recent repertoire has included Brahms' first three 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 March 2015 the orchestra made its first tour, to Northern Ireland, and on March 17 and 18, 2018 the orchestra will tour to the West of Scotland. 

Repertoire for 2017-18 includes four symphonies from the core repertoire:

Semester one: Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 'Reformation' and Brahms Symphony No. 4


Semester two: Sibelius Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven Symphony No. 6


The rehearsal schedule for 2017-18 is as follows:

Semester one

Monday 16 October 6.45-9.45pm

Monday 30 October 6.45-9.45pm

Monday 6 November 6.45-9.45pm

Sunday 12 November 1-5pm

Monday 13 November 6.45-9.45pm

Wednesday 15 November 3-6pm rehearsal, 7.30pm concert

 All members of the Chamber Orchestra will also attend a residential weekend at the Burn from 3-5 November.

Semester two 

Monday 12 February 6.45-9.45pm

Monday 19 February 6.45-9.45pm

Monday 26 February 6.45-9.45pm

Sunday 4 March  2-5pm and 6-9pm

Monday 5 March 6.45-9.45pm

Sunday 11 March 2-5pm rehearsal, 7.30pm concert

Saturday 17 and Sunday March tour to Arran and Bute.

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 week one of the first semester, on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 September 2017, 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 Bede Williams.

Members are required to join the Music Centre.

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