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

Email: info@sco.org.uk
Website: www.sco.org.uk

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 throughout Europe.

In 1996 the SCO undertakes its 17th annual Highlands Tour, performing in small venues in many of the remoter parts of the Scottish mainland and islands.

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.


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