our next concert is:



Saturday 19 March 2022, 7.30pm

Conductor: Chris Swaffer

Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - New Auditorium 

Tickets: £15/ £5 (students & school children)

Programme:

Gustav Holst A Fugal Overture

George Butterworth  On the Banks of Green Willow

Cecil Coles Four Verlaine Songs (soprano: Shuna Scott Sendall)

Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony  No 2 (London)


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About us

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 8YE (subject to COVID-19 regulations)

Glasgow Orchestral Society was due to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020-21, which was impacted by COVID-19.  It is hoped many of the planned activities can be rolled forward into 2021-22 so please look out for updates on all our social media channels. 




  • Founded 29 December 1870

    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 Halls at 285 Bath Street.

  • 25 April 1871

    The first concert took place in the Queen’s Rooms, conducted by HD Mehul, nephew of the French composer Etienne Mehul (1763-1817)

  • 1885-86

    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.

  • 1901 The Glasgow International Exhibition

    The orchestra performed two concerts as part of the official programme of events.

  • 1914 – 1918 The Great War

    The orchestra continued to rehearse and perform but abandoned its activities in 1916 and did not reconvene until 1919

  • 1930 Diamond Jubilee

    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.

  • 1959 Glasgow Orchestral Society

    The Society was renamed Glasgow Orchestral Society, dropping the term “amateur “ from its title.

  • 26 October 1962 The Saint Andrew’s Halls destroyed by fire

    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.

  • 1970-71

    The orchestra celebrated its centenary.

  • 2013 First orchestral playing Tour abroad

    The tour took the orchestra to Umbria in Italy, with concerts in Chiusi, Gubbio, and Perugia

  • 2015-16 One hundred years of women members

    Celebrated in all four concerts with women playing in the ranks, as soloists, and as conductor.

  • 2016 Second Tour to Czech Republic

    Concerts in Marianske Lazne, Pilsen and Prague



What's on

Concert Schedule 2021/22

Saturday 19 March 2022, 7.30pm

Conductor: Chris Swaffer

Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - New Auditorium 

Programme:

Gustav Holst A Fugal Overture

George Butterworth  On the Banks of Green Willow

Cecil Coles Four Verlaine Songs (soprano, as yet not known) 

Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony  No 2 (London)

May 2022 (details to follow)

Whilst it is hoped we will be able to play our usual concert in May, the dates for this are to be confirmed, and is very much dependent on the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic at that time.  Please check back here, or follow us on social media for updates.

 


Download a full history of past concerts



Members

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings (subject to COVID-19 regulations) from 7:15pm to 9:45pm in Maryhill Burgh Halls (45 Gairbraid Avenue G20 8YE).  Please note that online access to rehearsals for those currently unable to attend in person, and when in person not possible due to COVID-19 infection is currently being supported. 

Download the Rehearsal Schedule here

SUBSCRIPTIONS

  • Full annual subscription: £120 
  • Students and unemployed: £50

NEW SEASON


Our next term starts back on Monday 17th January 2022, 715pm Maryhill Burgh Halls, G20 8YE

Download the Members’ Handbook here

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Join Us

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.

Non-playing friends are also invited to get involved in our activities.

Vacancies

Generally new players are welcome if we have places.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss current vacancies.

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Get Involved

You can help play a part in making GOS a success in many ways:

  • Attend our concerts regularly!
  • Volunteer to help with non-playing tasks: eg finding sponsorship, marketing/ advertising our concerts, selling advertising space in our programmes
  • Sponsor a musician, a soloist, a piece of music, or even a concert
  • Advertise your organisation or business in our programmes

You could also sign up to Easyfundraising to raise funds for us when you shop online with major retailers and travel companies: www.easyfundraising.org.uk



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