Orchestra Biography 2017/18

Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Biography for 2017/18

The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. The SCO aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear their music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland and around the world as proud ambassadors for Scottish cultural excellence. In recent years, the Orchestra has travelled throughout Europe, the Far East, India and the USA.

The SCO makes a significant contribution to Scottish life both on the concert platform and beyond, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes, places of work and community centres through the SCO Connect creative learning programme. 

The SCO Chorus, directed by Gregory Batsleer, has recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. This Season's performances include Schumann's Requiem, Bach's Christmas Oratorio Mozart's Mass in C minor and Handel's Solomon. 

The 2017/18 Season is Robin Ticciati's ninth and final Season as Principal Conductor. Together with Ticciati, the SCO has released five recordings: Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (2012), Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été & La mort de Cléopâtre (2013), Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (2014), Schumann’s Symphonies and Haydn Symphonies Nos 31, 70 & 101. The full SCO discography exceeds 150 recordings. 

The Orchestra’s long-standing relationship with Conductor Laureate, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, resulted in many exceptional performances and recordings, including two multi award-winning albums of Mozart Symphonies (Linn).

The SCO has strong relationships with many eminent guest conductors including Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine, Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, Olari Elts, John Storgårds, Oliver Knussen, Andrew Manze. and Richard Egarr. 

The Orchestra enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 150 new works. These include pieces by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Toshio Hosokawa, John McLeod, Rolf Martinsson, Hafliði Hallgrímsson and Lotta Wennäkoski. The 2016/17 Season included Associate Composer Martin Suckling's new Piano Concerto, a new Clarinet Concerto by Lyell Cresswell and Sir James MacMillan's Horn Concertino and Stabat Mater.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra receives core funding from the Scottish Government as one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies.