our next concert is:

Shostakovich  Symphony No1

Berlioz Judges of the Secret Court

Brahms Hungarian Dances

Sunday 20th May 2018, 7.30pm

Royal Conservatoire Scotland

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

Glasgow Orchestral Society will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020-21.

A HISTORY OF The Glasgow Orchestral Society

What's on

Concert Schedule 2017-2018

Sunday 29 October 2017, 7.30pm
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Conductor: Chris Swaffer
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Korngold: Violin Concerto (soloist: Daniel Mezoly)
Brahms: Symphony No 2

Sunday 10 December 2017, 7:00pm
RSNO New Auditorium
Conductor: Chris Swaffer
 Music from the Movies


Sunday 18 March 2018, 7.30pm 
Paisley Town Hall
Conductor: Stephen Broad

Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances, Overture to Candide, Glitter and be Gay 

Gerschwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Barber: Adagio for Strings


Sunday 20 May 2018, 7.30pm
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Conductor: Robert Baxter

Shostakovich  Symphony 1

Berlioz  Overture to The Judges of the Secret Court

Brahms Hungarian Dances


Download a full history of past concerts



Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15pm to 9:45pm in Maryhill Burgh Halls (45 Gairbraid Avenue G20 8YE)

Download the Rehearsal Schedule here


  • full annual subscription: £120 
  • students and unemployed: £50


The 2017-18 season's concerts will be on 29 October 2017, 10 December 2017,18 March 2018 and 20 May 2018

Download the Members’ Handbook here

Kettle drum and drum sticks

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.


New players are welcome if we have places.  Lower strings (cellos and bases) please contact our secretary, Claire, to register your interest.

At present  we have no vacancies in the brass, woodwind or upper strings. Please watch this space for any future vacancies, or contact us if you would like join should a vacancy arise.  Please do get in touch as we often need extras for bigger works. 

Claire Hollingworth: gossecretary2@gmail.com

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

Contact us

Secretary Claire Hollingworth gossecretary2@gmail.com


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