Listen to some of our players introduce their instruments and reflect on their role in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Aisling O'Dea | Violin
Aisling joined the SCO in 2007 and plays with the first violins. She was born in Dublin and started to play the violin at the age of nine. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then worked in Germany for 11 years playing with many different ensembles.
Aisling loves working with different art forms and performed as part of the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 on their 2014 tour to Edinburgh, in which she performed Philip Glass’ solo violin work ‘Strung Out’.
William Stafford | Clarinet
William has been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2011. He studied at Manchester University, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music, London, where he graduated with distinction, and has performed with many of the UK's best orchestras.
William loves taking part in SCO school projects. He particularly enjoys SCO Soundmoves – a project linking music and movement – and The Snail and the Whale workshops which combine music, storytelling and marine ecology!
Felix Tanner | Viola
Felix is originally from Helensburgh and his earliest musical experience was playing the violin with local fiddle bands. He went on to attend the RSAMD Junior School and St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh before studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is sub-principal viola in the SCO.
Felix has performed all over the world with various orchestras including the Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Philharmonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and he has also worked with artists such as Jools Holland, Kate Rusby, Massive Attack, Tim Minchin and is a member of Tango Siempre.
Su-a Lee | Cello
Korean born cellist Su-a Lee is one of the highlights of the Scottish music scene. Celebrated wherever she goes, she stands out for her versatility and appetite for musical adventure. While she is deeply rooted in her Scottish home, Su-a and her cello have appeared all over the world, from South America to the Arctic Circle. As well as performing in the world’s major concert halls, you are as likely to find her in unorthodox and interesting locations, including Japanese temples, circus tents and waterfalls.
Louise Goodwin | Timpani and Percussion
Originally from Liverpool, Louise began her studies in London at the Royal College of Music and played in various professional orchestras across the UK. Louise has been fortunate to have played in many international venues and has recently enjoyed performing on orchestral tours across Europe, Singapore and China. Louise joined the SCO in February 2020. She is a keen Liverpool FC fan and cat-mum to the mischievous Tig and Boo.