SCO Tartan Scarves

Donald Gillan

Back by popular demand, we are delighted that a limited number of beautiful lambswool scarves are available again in the SCO tartan.

Made from the finest quality 100% lambswool, the scarf represents SCO heritage: the tartan has been exclusively designed by Kinloch Anderson, Scotland’s foremost experts in Highland Dress since 1868, and is modelled above by SCO Cellist Donald Gillan. It has been officially registered on The Scottish Register of Tartans and accredited by the Scottish Tartan Society.

The story behind the tartan design is one of legacy. The sett, which is the technical term for the particular pattern of stripes in a tartan, is based on the Ferguson clan tartan to represent the legacy of Sir Charles Mackerras and his relationship with the SCO. His lasting influence on the players continues to shine through on the platform. There is a strong prominence of the MacDonald clan tartan to represent Donald and Louise MacDonald, who have generously supported and been the lifeblood of the Orchestra since the early 1980s. Another strong influence comes from the Maxwell clan tartan to represent the SCO’s commitment to the creation of new music through their long-standing relationship with composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

How to buy

The SCO tartan scarf costs £29. To make an order, please phone the SCO office on 0131 557 6800. You can also enquire at the SCO merchandise desk at concerts.