our next concert is:

Four Last Songs | Strauss

Sunday 21 May 2017, 7.30pm

Royal Conservatoire of 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.

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

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 8RG

A HISTORY OF The Glasgow Orchestral Society

What's on


Four Last Songs | Strauss

In this concert, Robert Baxter takes up the baton for the first time with GOS to conduct us in a programme packed with emotional intensity: the dramatic overture from Verdi’s opera La Forza del Destino; Richard Strauss’ emotionally powerful Four Last Songs, written at the very end of his life; and Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No 4. We are joined by Maria Kozlova, soprano, recent graduate (with distinction) of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Masters programme in the Alexander Gibson Opera School. Maria has a burgeoning professional career and we are delighted to have her join us for this sublime work.

Download a full history of past concerts



Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15pm to 9:45pm, normally in the Maryhill Burgh Halls, 45 Gairbraid Avenue (just east of the aqueduct carrying the canal over Maryhill Road).

Rehearsals after the summer break start again on Monday 28 August 2017.


  • full annual subscription: £110
  • students and unemployed: £50
  • Players joining after Christmas pay a half subscription.


The 2017-18 season's concerts will be on 29 October 2017, 10 December 2017, 4 March 2018* and 20 May 2017*
(* to be confirmed)

Download the Members’ Handbook here


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.

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


New players are welcome if we have room. At present we have no vacancies in wind or brass sections in the orchestra and strings are also currently full. Please watch this space for any future vacancies, or contact us if you would like to state an interest in joining should a vacancy arise:

Claire Hollingworth: gossecretary@gmail.com

Meg Munck 0141 946 6667

Contact us

Secretary Claire Hollingworth gossecretary@gmail.com

Maryhill Burgh Halls

24 Gairbraid Ave
G20 8YE