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FAQs Autumn 2021 Season


1. How can I book Autumn 2021 Season concert tickets?

Tickets for the SCO’s September – December season will be available via venue box offices (online and with limited phone service). Pricing and T+Cs vary from venue to venue so please visit the relevant venue information page. Please note that most venues we will be operating with e-tickets and it may not be possible to collect physical tickets.

Aberdeen: / 01224 641122 (10am-6am, Tue-Sat)

Edinburgh: / 0131 668 2019 (10am-2pm, Mon-Fri)

Glasgow: / 0141 353 8000 (10am - 5pm Mon-Sat)

Perth: / 01738 621031 (10am - 4pm Mon-Fri)

St Andrews: / 01334 475000 (10am - 4:30pm Mon-Sat)

Multibuy ticket offers: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Book 3, 4 or 5 concerts and gain 10% off (senior citizens 12% off)

Book 6,7 or 8 concerts and gain 15% off (senior citizens 17% off)

Book 9 or 10 concerts and receive 20% off (senior citizens 22% off)

2. How does bubble seating work?

We have introduced physically distanced seating plans to allow people to sit together while remaining at a safe distance from other concertgoers. When you book online you will be asked to select a seating ‘bubble’ with the correct number of seats for your group. Most of our audience attend in pairs or on their own, so bubble seating will be organised in singles and pairs. Any larger parties may have spaces between bubbles. Our players will be distanced on stage too.

3. I’ve booked my ticket. What next?

After making your booking via venue box offices, you will receive an email confirmation. Depending on the venue your e-ticket may, however, be sent to you nearer to the concert date to allow venues to inform you of any last-minute changes to venue regulations.

4. Where can I find Programme Notes?

For the Autumn 21 season, we have produced free programmes in a digital format in advance of each concert. These will be emailed to you in advance of your concert visit. You can also read the
digital programme notes by scanning the SCO QR codes, dotted around the venues or by following this link on your mobile device:

5. What is your return ticket policy?

If you are unable to attend an SCO concert in the Autumn 2021 Season for a reason related to Covid-19 we will refund the full cost of the ticket. Because our seats are in socially distanced bubbles, any refunds would apply to the entire seating group. We won’t be able to refund individual tickets within a bubble.

We ask that any refunds are requested at least 24 hours in advance of the concert by contacting the relevant venue by phone. Refunds will only be issued to the customer who made the booking and using the same method of payment.

6. Will traditional subscriptions return?

We have made temporary changes for the September - December period, and put our subscription procedure on hold, for the time being, however, we hope to resume subscriptions in future seasons.

7. Why can’t I sit in my usual preferred seat?

To keep our audience safe, all of our concerts will have physically distanced, bubble seating in place which may mean that previously preferred seats may not necessarily be available. We do hope you appreciate that this is to create a safe environment for all.

8. I'm a subscriber but I can't get tickets to the concerts I'd like to book.

Unfortunately, this year’s ticket capacities are very limited due to physical distancing regulations. We encourage those who have been unable to book the tickets they wanted, to check back regularly, as returns may become available.

9. Are there concession tickets?

Please visit our accessibility page to view ticket concessions. Contact the venue box offices to book.

10. How do I book a wheelchair space. Where can I find more information on access?

Please visit the specific box office venue pages for their access information.

Health and Safety

The health and well-being of our audiences and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and for all our concerts, we will ensure that we have appropriate safety measures in place in accordance with government guidelines; Our measures include shorter performances with no intervals, bubble seating, regular cleaning and contactless ticketing. Our plans will be adjusted in response to public health measures as they evolve. We’ll let you know of any changes via email and on our website.

1. Do I need to wear a mask?

For the September – December period we ask that all attenders wear a face covering inside venues, unless exempt.

2. What are the venue’s safety measures?

We ask that you please familiarise yourself with COVID-19 guidelines directly from the venue you may be attending to help ensure we are creating the safest concert experience for our audience, musicians and staff. The SCO thanks you in advance for your careful reading and consideration of your venue and their recommended guidelines. Each of our venues has its own webpage, which includes their own safety information.

3. What should I do if I or someone I know has coronavirus symptoms?

If you or anyone in your household has had any recent COVID-19 symptoms, however fleeting, please stay home for everyone’s safety.

4. How are the Orchestra keeping themselves and the audience safe?

The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and for all of our future concerts, we will ensure that we have appropriate safety measures in place in accordance with government guidelines at the time.

Ventilation is very important to us and even more so this season. We continue to work with our venues to ensure that the ventilation measures are appropriate. We will be continuing to work with the orchestra regarding distancing both on and off-stage, and will continue to follow relevant guidance for this. In line with Scottish Government law, unless exempt, the staff and players are required to wear a face mask when not in their seats for performance.

Digital Season

1. How can I get a digital season ticket?

Tickets for the digital season are free and available one month in advance of each concert’s first broadcast date. You can book for free via the SCO website.

2. How long will the concerts be available for?

Our digital concerts will be available to watch for one month after their initial broadcast via our website.

3. How do I stream it?

Our digital concerts will be available to watch via the SCO’s YouTube channel. When you book for free, you will be sent an email and e-ticket with instructions on how to access the online event.

Explore the Autumn Season 2021