The Glasgow Orchestral Society, founded in 1870, is an amateur symphony orchestra with about 70 members. We play a wide range of music, from the classical era to the present day, and have also commissioned works from eminent Scottish composers such as John Purser and John Geddes. Programmes frequently include a concerto and we sometimes join forces with choirs.


We give four concerts a year, usually in Glasgow but sometimes in Paisley. The season runs from August to May, with rehearsals on Monday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.45pm, in the Maryhill Burgh Halls, 45 Gairbraid Avenue. Next season's concerts will be in the RSNO Centre; Renfield St Stephens Church; and the Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The conductors will be Chris Swaffer, Bernard Docherty and Stephen Broad.

New players

Most sections including the strings are currently full, but please contact us anyway in case a vacancy comes up.

The Glasgow Orchestral Society is Registered Scottish Charity no. SC007359 and a member of Making Music (formerly The National Federation of Music Societies)

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Rehearsal schedule
Principal cello vacancy