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Orchestra ConductorLeader Rehearsal Venue/Times Contact(s)
[link]Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel SocietyLaura McCracken Kim Beveridge Manor Park School & Community Centre, Danestone Circle, Aberdeen, AB16 7YB. Monday evenings - Juniors 6.30-7.30, Seniors 7.30-9.00 [email]Brian Priestley 01224 676482
 
The Society was established in 1928 to practice, perform and preserve traditional Scottish music. Violin and accordion players of all ages are always welcome to join the orchestras. No auditions are necessary. Usually two larger concerts are performed each year. Opportunity to perform at various smaller group concerts throughout the year and also the potential to participate in the fiddlers' rallies of other Societies.
[link]Bathgate Concert OrchestraMarco Marzella Alistair Watson St.John's Church Hall Bathgate Friday evenings 7:30-9:30 [email]Morag Allen 01506 632954
[email]Bryan Allan
Bathgate Concert Orchestra is a voluntary group of musicians who meet on Friday evenings for rehearsal and performance of show music and light classics for fund-raising, education and entertainment.
[link]The Berwick Concert Band    The Stobo Building, Longridge Towers School, Berwick upon Tweed. Monday evenings 7.30-9.30 [email]Laura Wilkinson
 
The band was formed in 1993 and gives regular concerts of an interesting and widely varied repertoire of wind music from its extensive library. New players welcome, especially a euphonium (instrument available) a trombone &/or tuba, and clarinets of a reasonably high standard.
Bristo Community Concert BandNEWRobert Cowan   Mondays, 7-9pm, Bristo Baptist Church, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh [email]Linda Watson, 07581 241708
 
We are a friendly community band open to wind and brass players of all ages and abilities. Weekly subscription £1.50. Please bring a music stand.
[link]The Caithness OrchestraSusie Dingle Winnie Main Wednesdays during term time, August to April, 7.30-9.30 [email]Katrina Gordon 01847 893517
 
The Caithness Orchestra is a friendly orchestra of amateur musicians who meet weekly during term time to rehearse for two or three concerts each year. No auditions - everyone always welcome. For more info, look us up on facebook.
[link]Caledonian Winds    Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm at Theatre Arts School, Perth. [email]Jonathan Pinnick and Margaret Rains
 
Caledonian Winds is a community concert band based in Perth. We play a range of traditional & contemporary concert band repertoire and are open to amateur wind & brass players in Perthshire & surrounding areas. There are no auditions but players should be of a minimum grade 4 standard.
[link]Capital Concert BandKevin Lamb   Inverleith Parish Church Hall, 41 Inverleith Gardens, Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5PR, 7.30 to 9.30pm on Thursday evenings during school terms. [email]Kevin Lamb
 
Membership is open to all players with an interest in making music We are always pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in joining the band. In particular, we need percussion, bassoon, trumpet/cornet, French horn, trombone and euphonium players. Some instruments are available on loan.
[link]Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes John Bryce ARCM (Perf.)   Sunday evenings from 6pm - 9pm in the Carluke Lifestyles Centre, Carnwath Road, Carluke, ML8 4DF Stuart Laird (Secretary) 01555 773394
 
We are an enthusiastic group of around 30 amateur flautists and percussionists, taking our membership from all ages and abilities, including beginners. As one of Scotland's best amateur community music groups, our repertoire is extremely varied from classical music to movie themes and easy listening. We use a full range of flutes from piccolo to the 7.5 foot tall subcontrabass in G, some 3 and a half octaves below. Come along on a Sunday evening and see us, a warm welcome awaits.
[link]Clyde Wind EnsembleNEWDiane McCrory   Thursday evenings from 6.30pm until 8.30pm in Calderglen High School, East Kilbride [email]Diane McCrory 0784 322 4490
 
Clyde Wind Ensemble is a community band, formed in September 2009. The band has developed very quickly to become one of Scotland's leading community wind bands. If you are interested in joining the band you should be a minimum of ABRSM Grade 5 standard.
[link]Colinton Amateur Orchestral SocietyJulian Appleyard   St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Westgarth Avenue, Edinburgh. Tuesday evening 7:30 [email]Lynda Grant
 
An amateur orchestra that plays a variety of music ranging from baroque to 20th century.
[link]Concordia String OrchestraTim Tricker   Tuesday evenings in Ferryhill Parish Church from 7.30 to 9.30pm [email]Dave Southwood 01467 642408
 
Concordia was formed in 1997 and comprises musicians from all walks of life, including students, teachers, accountants and engineers. We generally perform two or three concerts for the public each year. The Ferryhill Parish Church is a regular venue for our concerts.
[link]Deeside OrchestraGlynn Hesketh Richard Clark Victory Hall in Aboyne, 7:30 on Tuesday evenings [email] 
 
The Deeside Orchestra started life in 1984. It is now a group of around 40 enthusiastic amateur musicians. New players always welcome.
[link]Dundee Symphony OrchestraRobert Dick   Mondays at Bell Street Music Centre, Bell Street, Dundee. From 7.30 – 9.45pm [email]Dr Morag Ward 01382 522744
 
The Society was founded in 1893 by a group of enthusiastic amateur performers. The orchestra has a core membership of some thirty, mostly amateur, players. Extra players are brought in when necessary.
Dunedin Wind BandSarah Naish   Old St Paul's Church Hall, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh on Monday nights from 7.30 – 9.30pm. [email]Sarah Naish 07711 956308
 
We are a community Wind Band in Edinburgh, of approx 45 players at present ranging from 14 - 80 years of age. We welcome anyone who plays Woodwind, Brass or Percussion of any standard, from beginners to advanced - all we ask is that you have an instrument and enthusiasm! We have a varied programme of music (Film Music / Original Works / Small Ensembles etc.) and events, ranging from Play Away Rehearsal Days to Charity Concerts as well as playing at St Columba's Hospice twice a year.
East Glasgow Concert Band Ryan Sullivan Stephen McKerrall St Andrew's Secondary School, Glasgow. Tuesdays 7pm-9pm. [email]Stephen McKerrall
 
EGCB was founded in 1988 and is open to players of all ages and abilities. The standard of our music is of Grade 4 and above but we welcome all players. We perform informal concerts throughout the year and work towards an annual summer concert. We look forward to hearing from you!
[link]Eastfield and Harthill Flute OrchestraNEWWilliam Hilditch Ian Brodie Wednesday 7:30pm - 9pm and Sundays 4pm -6pm [email]Graeme Campbell
 
We play the full traditional range of flutes, from piccolo to bass flute; and all kinds of music, from full orchestral overtures to easy listening and even chart music. We hold a learners’ class on Mondays at 6.30pm. Lessons are offered in flute or percussion, including timpani. We provide the instruments. Do not be put off if you are a bit older: we have had five over 30s join in the last few years, each of whom took up flute for the first time!.
[link]Edinburgh Chamber OrchestraAlberto Massimo Jim Ferguson Morningside United Church, Holy Corner, 15 Chamberlain Road, EDINBURGH. Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm [email]Allan Radcliffe
 
All string players welcome, especially violins
[link]Edinburgh Concert BandSarah Cunningham   Boroughmuir High School Annex (formerly St Oswald's Hall), Montpelier Park, Edinburgh on Tuesday evenings at 7.00 for 7.15pm, [email] 
 
The Edinburgh Concert Band is a community group of amateur musicians, which was founded in 1988 by Stephen Callaghan. There are no auditions to join, but it is recommended that players have left school and reached Grade 5 standard. So if you are a woodwind, brass or percussion player - why not come along and join us!
[link]The Edinburgh Flute ChoirNEWDavid Mitchell   Edinburgh Society of Musicians recital rooms at 3 Belford Road Edinburgh from 7:30 – 9:30pm, Tuesdays via website
 
Flute choir just starting up in Edinburgh.
[link]Edinburgh Incidental OrchestraNEWCalum Zuckert Colin McKee / Katie Foster In days preceeding concert, 2 times a year. [email]Rosie Hyde
[email]Calum Zuckert
The Orchestra was founded for young musicians, between 14-24, in 2009. It has since gone from strength to strength, and has commissioned a number of young composers, as well as having performed works to great acclaim among audiences and press. Comprised mainly of music college students, young professional musicians, and pupils of schools aspiring to pursue music, the orchestra is interested in a wide range of music.
[link]Edinburgh Orchestral EnsembleRaphaël Mollaret Vacant (please apply) Edinburgh Society of Musicians 3 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3BL 7:00-9:15 Monday [email]Raphaël Mollaret
 
Founded in 2009, this orchestra is a mixture of musicians from all walks of life - including students and professionals - dedicated to making music to the highest possible standard. The orchestra works on a number of 'projects' which may involve a full size or smaller-size orchestra, choirs or soloists. Most members will play throughout the year but some may wish to be involved in a limited number of 'projects' during short periods. We recruit all year round - there are always vacancies for string and French horn players - and musicians who want to be involved are welcome to contact us.
Edinburgh Players Opera GroupMike Thorne Philip Taylor One weekend opera course per year in Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh, held on the last weekend in September (Fri – Sun). Philip Taylor 01368 850235
 
An annual course in Edinburgh rehearsing and performing a complete opera with full orchestra and professional singers. Having now worked through the entire Ring, Tristan, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger, we've returned to the Ring and 2009 will be Die Walküre. Vacancies for strings and harps. Grade 8+ standard. Players from outside Edinburgh very welcome!
[link]Edinburgh Studio OrchestraLeon Coates Philip Heywood The German speaking church on Chalmers Crescent, Monday evenings in term time from 1930 to 2130. [email]Paula Brown 0131 553 1251
 
The orchestra is a rehearsal orchestra - we play for our own pleasure, rather than performance. New string and brass players welcome, and one bassoon needed at present.
[link]Edinburgh Symphony OrchestraGerard Doherty Fiona Coutts The Reid Memorial Church, West Saville Terrace, Edinburgh Wednesdays 8.00-10.15pm [email]Rob Saunders 0131 447 3871
 
New strings always welcome; some openings for brass and percussion.
[link]Edinburgh University ChorusNeil Metcalfe   Tuesday during term time, 7-9pm, St Peters Church Hall, Lutton Place, Edinburgh. [email]Amanda MacLeod
 
EUMS Chorus is a non-auditioning SATB choir. It is conducted by Neil Metcalfe and all are welcome to rehearsals, students and non-students.
[link]Edinburgh University Composers' OrchestraMichael Graham   Thursdays @ 6:30pm at the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square during term time. [email] 
 
Composers' Orchestra is a non-auditioning orchestra based at Edinburgh University, dedicated to playing new compositions by student composers. New members (especially strings) are very welcome.
[link]Edinburgh University SinfoniaMichael Graham   Saturday in term time in Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Sq, Edinburgh 10.30am – 1.30pm [email]Alice McLeish
 
Wind, Brass and Percussion are auditioned during Freshers' Week. It is non-auditioning for strings. A grade 6 or 7 standard is expected but all are welcome so do come and join us.
[link]Edinburgh University Symphony OrchestraRussell Cowieson   Rehearsal 6.30-9.30 every Monday during term time. [email]Vicky Carmichael
 
EUMS Symphony Orchestra is a fully-auditioning orchestra. Auditions take place during freshers' week. Standard Grade 8+. Students and non-students welcome.
[link]Edinburgh Wind OrchestraTheresa Charlton   Central Edinburgh location, Mondays at 7.30 [email]Theresa Charlton 07917 367089
 
This is a fun and friendly wind band which does concerts, goes away for residential musical/social weekends and regularly goes abroad. There are no subscriptions and the music is varied and interesting. We are looking for woodwind, brass and percussionists.
[link]Falkirk Tryst OrchestraBob Tait Varies Falkirk Trinity Church, Falkirk, Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 pm [email]Anna McGregor 07794 258456
 
An Orchestra now for 10 years and have managed to attract between 65 & 80 members with an age range of 15 to 65+. We do not restrict the number of members in any of the sections within the orchestra reducing the pressure on members if they are unable to commit to any of the concerts. Members' abilities in playing also vary usually starting around grade 4 upwards.
[link]Fiddlesticks (Rock, Pop and Folk) OrchestrasCarolyn Wilson Scott Whitefield Mondays 7pm - 9.30pm, Elphinstone Community Centre, East Lothian [email]Carolyn Wilson
 
Established in 2008, Fiddlesticks Orchestras have been playing rock, pop and folk music from Bon Jovi and Muse to Lord of the Dance. With a rock drummer and bass guitarist beefing up a regular combination of orchestral instruments this has proved one very popular musical treat! Rehearsals are full of fun. £3 a night (includes tea/coffee, biscuits and CD backing tracks to take away with the music) pay as you go. Prospective members welcome to come and join in or just watch to begin with.
[link]Flutes Unlimited Andrea Kuypers   6.30 – 8.30pm Sundays – Glasgow [email]Andrea Kuypers 07778 281585
 
Flutes Unlimited is an flute choir for advanced flautists based in the south side of Glasgow.
[link]Garnock Valley Traditional Music GroupJohn Hodgart   Wed 7-9pm Radio City Kilbirnie [email]07548261857 (reasonable hours only! and not Wednesday evenings)
 
The group is about playing and promoting traditional music in the Garnock Valley area of Ayrshire, Scotland. Our members are relatively local to the area, and play a variety of instruments. We have continued to add to our numbers (now 25+), and 14-16 players is an average attendance at our weekly meetings. We welcome new members, experienced or beginners, who want to play or sing traditional music.
Glasgow Amateur Flute EnsembleMs Aisling Agnew   Lorne St. Primary School Glasgow G51 1DP, Friday Evenings 7.15 p.m.- 9.15 p.m. [email]Robert Murray 01294 461187
 
New Members always welcome whether complete beginner, graded, or experienced, flautists or percussionists, free tuition and instrument, complete range of flutes Piccolo, Treble G, Concert, Alto G, C Bass & Contrabass and percussion equipment. Music: Classical, film themes, modern and traditional. Friendly atmosphere.
[link]Glasgow Chamber OrchestraPeter Jones   Tuesdays from 7.30pm-10pm, Cowcaddens Campus of Glasgow Caledonian University. [email] 
 
The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1956 and is one of the leading amateur orchestras in Scotland, attracting some of the best amateur musicians in the region. With our conductor Peter Cynfryn Jones we give three concerts per year, and we are also keen to accompany choral societies. We have space for strings, horns and trumpets of grade 8 level (entry by audition).
[link]Glasgow Orchestral SocietyMarco Romano Eric Dunlea and others Monday evenings 7.15- 9.45pm in Maryhill Burgh Hall, Gairbraid Avenue, G20 8YE [email]Donald Gibson (secretary), 0141 942 7754
Meg Munck, 0141 946 6667
We give 4 excellent concerts per year in the Glasgow area with challenging, varied and enjoyable programmes including choral works, and we welcome enquiries about membership from interested players, especially strings. We have a long tradition of commissioning new works from Scottish composers, and are keen to encourage young musicians in all aspects of orchestral life - playing, conducting, and solo performance as well as composing.
[link]Glasgow SinfoniaGerard Doherty   Mondays, 7.30pm at Woodlands Methodist Church, Woodlands Road, Glasgow [email] 
[email] 
If you live in, or around the Glasgow area and are interested in joining up, please contact us by email. Although we are an amateur orchestra, our standard is quite high, so ideally players should have passed Grade 7 or above.
[link]The Glasgow Studio OrchestraIain Massey Claire Philip Wednesdays 7.15-9.30pm, Ramshorn Theatre, Ingram Street [email]Iain Massey
 
We are a 65 piece orchestra specialising in film, stage and light music. We have concerts 4 or 5 times a year, with ""splinter"" groups (strings for example) occasionally performing as an ensemble. Our repertoire is fun, challenging and exciting and a bit different from the norm! We're always interested in new players, especially in the viola section! Most of our members are music teachers and instrumental instructors, so our standard is pretty high. We're looking for players around the grade 7 mark. Get in touch!
[link]Glasgow Symphony OrchestraTommy Fowler   Tuesdays at 19 30hrs at Notre Dame High School, Observatory Road, Glasgow G12 9LN [email] 
 
3 Concerts per year. We pride ourselves on being a very friendly outfit and have a wide range of ages and backgrounds. We are currently looking for players especially in the string sections of the orchestra
[link]Glasgow Wind BandKevin Price Gavin Bryce Monday nights from 7pm until 9pm(ish), Hyndland Church. [email]Gareth Cole
 
The Glasgow Wind Band (originally called The Glasgow Youth Band) was formed in 1972 to provide an opportunity for senior school pupils, students and adult members of the public to participate in a symphonic wind band of the very highest calibre.
[link]YMCA Glasgow Wind OrchestraMartin Thomson   Glasgow city centre, Friday evenings [email] 
 
For a list of vacancies visit our web site.
[link]Grampian Concert OrchestraDr Tim Tricker   St Ninian’s Episcopal Church, King Street, Aberdeen. Thursdays 7:30 to 9:45 [email]07831 223422
 
GCO is a friendly and informal community orchestra, which rehearses and performs all year round. We welcome new players Grade 6 or above on any instrument - no auditions.
[link]Helensburgh and Lomond Fiddlers John-Anthony Graham Charlie MacPherson Cardross Church Hall, Station Road, Cardross G82 5NL/ Wednesday7:30 – 9:30 pm [email]Sheena Thorn (secretary) 01436 676638
 
Membership is open to all levels of players who like playing Scottish Traditional Music. Instruments accepted are: violin, viola, cello, double bass, accordion, guitar, flute, whistle, mandolin, banjo, concertina and clarinet. Interested parties may join us for two weeks trial without commitment. Interested players need to either read music or be familiar with Scottish music.
[link]Helensburgh Orchestral SocietyRobert Baxter Christine Sinclair Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, on Monday evenings at 7:30 [email]Ruth Sinclair
 
An excellent amateur orchestra which plays a range of classical music from early to modern music. Membership is open to anyone who plays at Grade V level or above, no auditions necessary. Vacancies exist for string players, especially lower strings, percussion, trumpets and trombones. The orchestra puts on 3 concerts a year in Helensburgh and sometimes further afield.
[link]Inverurie OrchestraPaul Tierney Alex Morrison Inverurie West Church Hall Thursday 7:30-9:30 [email]Julian Slater 0784 087 9961
 
The Inverurie Orchestra was formed in the summer of 2007 after a public meeting was held to judge the response to such a venture. Currently vacancies for Strings, Oboe, Horn, Percussion, Tuba, Tenor Trombone.
[link]Isle of Man Symphony OrchestraMaurice Powell Tom Field Wednesdays 7.30, St. Ninnians Church [email]Libby McIntosh
 
Experienced amateur or professional string and Brass players are always welcome; there are currently no vacancies in the woodwind section.
[link]Isle of Man Wind OrchestraPaul Dunderdale   Every Thursday during school term time [email]Joanna Drysdale
 
 
[link]The Kelvin EnsembleGuest conductors   Tuesday evenings, Bute Hall, Glasgow [email]0798 660 9764
 
The student-run orchestra of Glasgow University. We’re happy to hear from any students in Glasgow who want to play.
Kintyre Orchestral Society    Saturday afternoons in the Heritage Centre Hall from 3 to 4.30, Campbeltown Kintyre. Jacqueline Fitzgibbon 01586 830181
 
No audition necessary,we are either late starters or returnees and play easy arrangements of music like Singing in the rain, movements from Pictures at an Exhibition and a wealth of extracts from Handel's Water Music.
[link]Kirkcaldy Orchestral SocietyGraeme Wilson   Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy Tuesday evenings 6.45 – 9pm [email]Craig Steedman
 
Membership is open to all players without auditions, although as a rough guide, there is an expected standard of Grade 5/6 and upwards. We would particularly welcome a bassoon player, along with viola players and percussionists, however all will be welcome.
[link]Lanarkshire Cecilian OrchestraHarry Watson Sally Wilson St. Andrew's Parish Church Hall, Glasgow Rd, Blantyre. Thursdays 7.15pm - 9.15pm, September to May in school term times. [email]Angela/Moira
 
New members always welcome, particularly strings (and particularly cellos). Wide range of music types from overtures and symphonies to film themes and show medleys.
[link]Learig OrchestraPaul Tierney   Tuesday evening in Woodend Hospital day centre, in the outskirts of Aberdeen at 7:30 [email]Brian Priestley 01224-322617
Willie Primrose on 01224-638411
The Learig Orchestra has long been one of the most popular amateur orchestras in North East Scotland. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and welcome players of all instruments, at all standards. In a typical year we give three concerts, all supporting charities. Recent concerts have included works as diverse as the symphonies and overtures of the great classical masters to the sound tracks from popular films and arrangements of comic operas or popular dance music.
Leith Community Concert BandFrederick Frayling-Kelly   St.Margaret's Episcopal Church, 170, Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7: Thursdays 7.30 -9.45pm. [email]Director of Music 0131-554-0568
 
A concert and marching band with a wide repertoire of music. Entry around Grade 5, but promising players not quite at that level may be taken. No formal auditions. A friendly, busy band with a core of experienced players who are happy to advise and encourage newcomers. There are vacancies in all sections. Recent performances in Germany and Belgium. At home several concerts per year plus participation in the Festival Cavalcade, Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, the Leith Festival Tattoo etc..
[link]Let's Make An OrchestraNEWMarjorie Downward   Once a month on a Saturday, Hopeman Village near Elgin, Morayshire [email]Marjorie Downward 01343 835430
 
Playing days for ""ego-free"" adult amateur players ! (sight reading level gr.6+) No concerts - we play purely for pleasure. Specialise in music from the Baroque & Classical Eras.
[link]Linlithgow Reed Band Lex McDowell   Tuesday evening (7.30 - 9.30pm) in Linlithgow Academy Enquiries via the website
 
The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow Reed Band is one of very few civilian bands in Scotland which has a military configuration, in that it includes reed, brass and percussion instruments. We undertake a wide variety of marching jobs across central Scotland and have two concerts a year in April and December. We have also undertaken a number of other jobs to help local and national charities raise money. The band are currently recruiting new members - particularly experienced bass, trombone and flute players.
Livingston WindsNEWRon MacDonald Matthew Munro Fridays (may change), Fairbairn Road, Livingston EH54 6TS [email]George White 07468 707614
 
New to Livingston – A progressive wind band of all abilities. Full set of instruments available for loan. Rehearsing Fridays at present (may change) Looking for Brass, Woodwind and Percussion.
[link]Lomond & Clyde Community OrchestraBede Williams   Saturday 10.00-12.00 noon, St Michael's Church Hall, William Street, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute Via the website
[email] 
The orchestra is for all orchestral instruments, all abilities and all ages from primary school to pensioners - all that is needed is one year's playing experience, an instrument, music stand and a willingness to play music and enjoy yourself! We play a wide range of music from classical to modern with public performances at various times throughout the year, especially at Christmas. We're really in need of string players, oboes and bassoons at present - and we'd like additional adult members. We don't hold auditions - everyone is always welcome.
[link]Meadows Chamber OrchestraPeter Evans Fiona Coutts   [email]David Rimer (Chairman)
 
The MCO has performed regularly and with critical acclaim to audiences in Edinburgh and many parts of Scotland for almost 30 years.
[link]New Edinburgh OrchestraTim Paxton Joanna Michael Nicolson Square Church, Tuesdays, 7 - 10 [email]Wind players
[email]String Players
The NEO is a friendly orchestra which performs 3 concerts a year which include new works, some commissioned by or written for the orchestra, as well as established classical repertoire.
[link]No Strings Attached Community Wind BandKim Stephen   Thursdays 7.15 - 9.15pm at Broughton St Mary's Church - Drummond Room at back of the church. [email]Pippa Lockhart
 
2 - 3 concerts per year. New players of woodwind, brass and percussion welcome. New members are always welcome to 'try before you buy'!
[link]The Open OrchestraAndrew Lees Laurence Egar Wednesday (7.45pm - 9.45pm), September to June at: Cluny Church Centre, Cluny Drive, Edinburgh [email] 
 
There are vacancies in the String and Brass sections.
[link]Peebles Orchestra Kenneth Dempster Tony Kime Wednesday 7.30 - 9.30pm Claire Garnett 01721 740256
 
Peebles Orchestra was founded in 1976. It is essentially a community chamber orchestra for players of all abilities drawn from the surrounding area and further afield. We present two main concerts each year in the autumn and the spring, though we also put on occasional concerts at other times. We welcome new players across the instrumental spectrum; please contact us through the website.
[link]Perth Symphony OrchestraAllan Young Lorna McGovern Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9.30 p.m. North Inch Community Campus, Perth. From September to February. [email] 
 
We are always happy to welcome new members, especially brass and string players. No audition is necessary but we do ask for commitment to regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts. We perform two regular concerts each season in November & February.
[link]The Really Terrible OrchestraSir Richard Neville-Towle   Wednesdays at St George's Music Rooms, Edinburgh. Generally 8pm [email]Peter Stevenson, Chairman
 
" the Really Terrible orchestra has rapidly become one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Fringe. Why this group of [very] modestly talented musicians should presume to perform in public is beyond anybody "
[link]The Rehearsal OrchestraLevon Parikian Edmund Reid Weekend courses in London; annual week-long course at the Edinburgh Festival [email]Anne-Marie Norman 020 7820 9994
 
Join us for rewarding weekends of intensive rehearsal of large-scale symphonic repertoire in central London, plus a week-long residential course during the Edinburgh Festival, with professional conductors and string section principals. Each course ends with an open rehearsal/play-through. Players should be grade 8-plus and competent sight-readers.
[link]St Andrew OrchestraJohn Mortimer   Tuesday evenings 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Christ Church in Morningside, Edinburgh (September to early May). Enquire via Website
 
The orchestra is always interested to hear from potential new players: strings, wind, brass etc. (although we cannot always guarantee vacancies in all sections).
[link]St James Orchestra, PaisleyEric Dunlea Fiona Butcher St James Church, Underwood Road, Paisley [email]Tom Ferguson 01505 816132
 
St James Orchestra always extends a warm welcome to new members; there is no formal audition. There are currently vacancies for string players; woodwind and brass players interested in joining the orchestra should contact the secretary as vacancies can arise.
St Vincent Baroque PlayersNEWDr John Wallace Hinton   Thursday evening at St Vincent crescent Glasgow G3 8LQ [email]John Hinton
 
St Vincent Baroque Players need woodwind, double bass, cello, guitar. We meet every Thursday night in St Vincent Crescent and have fun. Players come when they can - we have music for all combinations. We do a lot of sight reading of trio sonatas and concertos and play for charity organisations and events.
[link]The Scottish Fiddle OrchestraJohn Mason MBE   In the afternoon prior to each concert plus an annual rehearsal day in February. [email]Nancy Frame
 
The SFO, founded in 1980 is Scotland's foremost traditional music orchestra. It has 120 members, comprising violins, 'cellos, basses, accordions, flutes, percussion and piano. The SFO plays about 6 concerts per year in major concert halls of Scotland and the UK, and occasionally tours overseas. Entry is by audition when vacancies arise.
[link]The Scottish Recorder OrchestraEileen Silcocks Ed Friday St Columba's Church hall, Park Terrace, Stirling FK8 2NA. The second Sunday of most months 2:00-5:00. David Powell (via website)
 
60 players of recorders of all sizes up to contrabass at 8 foot pitch play varied repertoire with a rich orchestral sound. A good standard of playing and sight-reading is necessary, but auditions are not held. There are one or two concerts each year, occasionally jointly with the Dortmund Recorder Consort in Germany.
[link]Scottish SinfoniaNeil Mantle Michael Rigg Concert weekend and three Sunday afternoons beforehand [email] 
 
The orchestra is a mixture of professional players, instrumental teachers and amateurs, who aim to make music to the highest standard of which they are capable. The orchestra is organised concert by concert, and changes in size according to the programme requirements.
[link]Scratchy NoisesValerie McCutcheon   Glasgow Kelvin College, East End Campus G31 3SR, Monday during term time [email]Valerie McCutcheon
 
Scratchy Noises is a ceilidh band with a difference. Our purpose is to let us beginner/improvers practice playing together and have fun. We do ‘gigs’ which are very raw as the ethos is if you can play the tune well you are probably too good for Scratchy Noises. Our group aims to be inclusive for beginners/improvers players of any instrument.
[link]The Skye and Lochalsh OrchestraIain Roden Wendy Riva Approx. fortnightly, Aug-Dec/Jan-May. Saturdays 10 - 12.45 (main orchestra) 12.45 - 2pm (training orchestra). [email]Chris Manvell (via website)
 
Founded in 2000, approximately 60 members divided between the main orchestra and the string training orchestra. We give 2 main concerts a year in December and April/May, the Christmas concert is a fund-raiser for local charities.
[link]Solway SinfoniaGeoff Keating Sarah Berker 4 Sunday afternoon rehearsals for each of 2 main concerts per year. [email]Nick Riley (Chairman)
 
Founded in 1997 and drawing members from round the Solway estuary, we give two concerts a year, one in Dumfries and one elsewhere in the region. Our website, www.solwaysinfonia.org.uk gives full details of our history, concerts, rehearsals etc.
The South Side Community OrchestraVaughan Townhill   Monday afternoons from 1.45 to 3.45 in the South Side Community Centre, 117 Nicholson Street, [email]Caroline Higgitt
 
The SSCO is a friendly group catering for orchestral players of all ages and abilities. It regularly takes the precious gift of music to the more elderly and vulnerable in the city. Strings always welcome. Edinburgh's only afternoon orchestra.
[link]Stirling OrchestraJohn McGonigle Lois Stewart Wallace High School, Stirling. Thursdays 7:15 - 9:30pm, September to May. [email] 
 
Keen to recruit any strings and bassoons, trumpets and trombones.
[link]Stockbridge & New Town Community OrchestraLouise Martin Donald MacLeod Thursday evenings at 7.30 at the Stockbridge Parish Church on Saxe-Coburg Street, Edinburgh [email]Infoline 0792 985-0483
 
Friendly for-fun group working to 2 - 3 concerts per year. Grade 3+, no audition. Currently recruiting strings (especially 'cello and viola) and brass.
[link]The Truly Terrible OrchestraJon Hall   Tuesday Evening, 7.30 at Fairways, Inverness. Annie Cole-Hamilton - Chairman 01667 461188
 
New members welcome, no auditions, sense of humour essential, good players will be drummed out (if we can find the drum and its sticks at the same time).
[link]The Yetholm SinfoniaGeoffrey Emerson Tony Kime Rehearses on the concert day, concerts mainly given in Kelso's octagonal Old Parish Church [email]Geoffrey Emerson 01 573 420 279
 
A hit-and-run one rehearsal orchestra with a broad and interesting repertoire, giving ten main concerts in 2011, with a related wind ensemble. Last Orchestra in Scotland!
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