SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Principal Conductor: Joseph Swensen
Conductor Laureate: Sir Charles Mackerras
Composer Laureate: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Affiliate Composer: James MacMillan
4, Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Telephone: 0131 557 6800
Fax: 0131 557 6933
SCOTLAND'S PRIZE-WINNING INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA
Formed in 1974, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is recognised as
one of the world's leading chamber orchestras. Through its innovative
approach, not only to the symphonic repertoire but also to a wide
range of music-making, it has become a respected pioneer in the
orchestral field. The SCO continues to develop its committment to
serving the whole of the Scottish community while sustaining its
rôle as Scotland's foremost musical ambassador.
International touring has taken the SCO all over the world, visiting
the Far East, the USA on four occasions and appearing regularly
In 1996 the SCO undertakes its 17th annual Highlands Tour, performing
in small venues in many of the remoter parts of the Scottish mainland
Principal Conductor, Joseph Swensen leads the outstanding list
of international artists who appear with the orchestra, along with
Conductor Laureate Sir Charles Mackerras. Other conductors appearing
on a regular basis include Raymond Leppard, Paavo Berglund, Jukka-Pekka
Saraste, Jaime Laredo and Mark Wigglesworth.
The SCO has commissioned more than 40 new works and enjoys close
relationships with somer of the country's leading composers. Composer
Laureate Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' series of Strathclyde Concertos,
commissioned by Strathclyde Regional Council for SCO principals,
has attracted world-wide interest. James MacMillan, Associate Composer,
has also written a number of important new works for the SCO.
The SCO has forged a path in recent developments in music education,
with a unique and individual programme of projects. Last year the
SCO's Development Programme gave over 800 workshops to children
and adults in Scottish towns and villages from Dumfries to Kirkwall.
This work has also aroused interest and invitations from overseas,
giving rise to projects in New York, Potsdam, Dublin and Japan.
The projects devised by the Department encourage the participation
and creativity of the individual - no matter how skilled - and endeavour
to build solid working relationships within the communities served
by the orchestra's concert seasons and tours.
The orchestra broadcasts regularly for both radio and television
and has amassed a discography of over 100 recordings including Mozart's
operas The Magic Flute, Cosi fan Tutte, The
Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni with Sir Charles
Mackerras for Telarc.