our next concert is:

Korngold Violin Concerto
Brahms/Sibelius

Sunday 29 Oct 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

Group shot of orchestra members

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, 7.30pm
RSNO Centre
Conductor: Chris Swaffer
Classical Music from the Movies

Sunday 25 March 2018, 7.30pm to be confirmed
Venue to be confirmed
Conductor: Stephen Broad

Sunday 20 May 2018, 7.30pm to be confirmed
Venue to be confirmed
Conductor: Robert Baxter


Download a full history of past concerts

Members

REHEARSALS

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.

Download the Rehearsal Schedule here

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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

To set up a standing order to pay your subscriptions, please download the standing order form and give it to your bank.

NEW SEASON

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

Download the Members’ Handbook here

Expenses

For expenses claim, please dowload the committee expenses claim form.

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.

Vacancies

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

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 gossecretary@gmail.com

Maryhill Burgh Halls

24 Gairbraid Ave
Glasgow
G20 8YE

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