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Glasgow Schools' Symphony Orchestra


Covid-19 Update

Glasgow CREATE orchestras, bands, ensembles and choirs are currently temporarily suspended due to the current restrictions around Covid-19.

This will be reviewed in March 2021 and updates will be published which will reflect Government guidelines at that time.

We hope that all our young people will continue to engage in their instrumental music lessons and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to City Halls as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please contact your tutors to find out about the online Christmas Concert, which will take place in December.

Glasgow Schools' Symphony Orchestra provides Young People from across Glasgow schools and beyond a unique opportunity to experience professional orchestral training, repertoire and performance delivered by our team of highly talented staff.

The Course consists of a programme made up of a series of non-residential rehearsals,
a residential week, follow-up rehearsals, and concerts in December, March and June.

Rehearsals & concerts will take place on:

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls1100-1400Sunday17/11/2019

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls1100-1400Sunday24/11/2019

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls1100-1400Sunday08/12/2019

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls1300-1600Monday 09/12/2019

GSSO Concert 
City Halls1900-2130Monday 09/12/2019

GSSO Concert 
City Halls1900-2130Tuesday10/12/2019

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls1100-1400Sunday 01/03/2020

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls1100-1400Sunday22/03/2020

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls1100-1400Sunday 29/03/2020

GSSO Rehearsal
City Halls0900-1600Saturday13/06/2020

GSSO Residentail 
ArdentinnyFridayWednesday 19 - 24/06/2020

GSSO Rehearsal
Venue RCS1900-2100Wednesday 24/06/2020


The Summer Residential Course

Will be held at Ardentinny Residential Education Centre from Friday 19 June to Wednesday 24 June 2020.

The course and rehearsals will be under the general direction of Pamela Black, supported by a team of Instrumental tutors, conductor Bernard Docherty, tutors Violin1-Rachael Smart, Violin 2-Emma Pantel, Viola -Pamela Black, Cello-Fred Parry, Double Bass-Trish Strain, Clarinet- Ali Carberry, Flute- Alasdair Garrett, Oboe- Judith Clarke, Bassoon- Kath Nagl, Horn- John Guerrier, Trumpet- Andy Connell-Smith, Lower Brass-Chris Mansfield.

Course fees

Will be £285 with a reduced fee of £95 for any pupil in receipt of a clothing grant. Fees will be invoiced from March 2020.

Online application

Application forms should be returned to

In addition there is a Consent Form and Contract to Attend form, which must be completed and brought along to the audition. This is a legal requirement and must be signed to allow your child to attend the GSSO Rehearsals and Concerts.


Will be held in City Halls week beginning 1st October in City Halls, confirmation of times will be sent on receipt of application.

Please be prepared to perform one piece (Grade 4 or above), scales may be requested and sight-reading will be given.

Notice of withdrawal

Must be made via email to Pamela Black, E.S.O., Instrumental Music Service,  Parents/Carers are advised that when a selected young person withdraws from the course without good reason full payment of the course fee may be demanded.

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