Originally from Dundee, Lorna McLaren studied violin with Roger Raphael and piano with Miles Coverdale at the RSAMD before joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1973.
In 1979 she joined the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and in the mid-eighties became a member of the string quartet Quartz founded by SCO violist Steve King. Their pioneering educational work took them all over Scotland and beyond including England, Ireland, Paraguay and Brazil with appearances on UK radio and television.
She has played with all the professional orchestras in Scotland and broadcast with various chamber ensembles including the New Music Group of Scotland and the Scottish Early Music Consort playing baroque violin and rebec. Throughout her career she has been involved with teaching and orchestral coaching and has been a regular guest at the Lochaber Music School.
Away from the orchestra she enjoys skiing, sailing and hill-walking. She completed the ‘Munros’ in 1994 and for the last twenty years has been combining her music career with work in the outdoors and tourism industry.
Lorna McLaren adds: "Memorable SCO concerts include James Conlon conducting Haydn’s Creation in the early 1980’s. His electrifying performance had the hair standing up on the back of my neck before the end of the first page. Jesse Norman singing Les Nuits d'Été was unforgettable. Her stage presence and unique voice will live with me forever."