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’s discography exceeds 150 recordings. Their latest recording with Robin Ticciati is Brahms: The Symphonies, released in March 2018. They have previously released Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (2012), Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and La mort de Cléopâtre (2013), Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (2014), Schumann’s Symphonies (2014) and Haydn’s Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 and 101 (2015), all on Linn. The orchestra’s long-standing relationship with its former Conductor Laureate, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, resulted in many exceptional performances and recordings, including two multi-award-winning albums for Linn of Mozart’s late symphonies.

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

The orchestra enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 150 new works, including pieces by Martin Suckling, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir James MacMillan, Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Lyell Cresswell, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Einojuhani Rautavaara, John McLeod, Rolf Martinsson and Toshio Hosokawa.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra receives core funding from the Scottish Government as one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies.  International Touring is kindly supported by Gavin and Kate Gemmell and The Binks Trust.