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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 SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUST BE ONE OF THE FINEST ENSEMBLES OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD TODAY" BBC Music Magazine

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.

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