Scottish Chamber Orchestra


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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies, and is internationally recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.

  • The SCO was formed in 1974, since when it has performed regularly throughout Scotland, including the Scottish Highlands and Islands. It is one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies and, supported by the Scottish Government, it also tours frequently overseas, including to India in 2009.
  • Regular guest conductors of the SCO include Principal Guest Conductor Olari Elts, Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, Andrew Manze, Frans Brüggen, John Storgårds, Thierry Fischer, Louis Langrée, Andrew Litton and Nicholas McGegan.
  • The SCO enjoys working with contemporary composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage and James MacMillan.
  • The young British conductor Robin Ticciati became Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the start of the 2009/10 season.  He joined Conductor Laureate Sir Charles Mackerras, whose most recent recording with the Orchestra won several awards, including a Classical BRIT.  Mackerras sadly died in 2010.

Did you know?
The Orchestra broadcasts regularly and has a discography now exceeding 150 recordings.


Top SCO Pieces