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The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages.

We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear live orchestral 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.

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Playing with the sco is a great privilege and as a group of musicians we love the interaction we get with our audience. All the different venues we play in and all the different audiences we perform to keep everything fresh for the musicians and keep the music feeling alive.
Eric de Wit, Cellist

The SCO makes a significant contribution to Scottish life both on the concert platform and beyond, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes and community centres through its award-winning Creative Learning programme.

Performance in the 2018/19 Season by the SCO Chorus - directed by Gregory Batsleer - include Haydn's The Seasons, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, MacMillan's Seven Last Words From The Cross, Faure's Requiem, and the annual Chorus Christmas Concert.

The 2018 Edinburgh International Festival marked Robin Ticciati's final appearances as Principal Conductor of the SCO, a position he held since 2009. Together, Ticciati and the SCO made successful recordings of works by Haydn, Schumann, Berlioz and Wagner. Their superb recent album of Brahms Symphonies (Linn) has been internationally acclaimed.

The SCO has strong relationships with many eminent guest conductors, including Joseph Swensen, Emmanuel Krivine , François Leleux, John Storgårds, Richard Egarr and Andrew Manze, and has recently appointed Maxim Emelyanychev as Principal Conductor from September 2019.

The Orchestra enjoys close affiliations with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 150 new works, including pieces by Sir James MacMillan, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Hafliði Hallgrímsson and Lotta Wennäkoski.

The 2018/19 Season has included a new Viola Concerto by John McLeod and Meditation (after Donne), by Associate Composer Martin Suckling, which marked the Centenary of the Armistice. Jonathan Dove's Accordion Concerto 'Northern Lights' will be premiered in May 2019.

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

What really drives us to perform, is seeing the expressions on people's faces and watching them light up when we are playing.
William Stafford, Clarinettist