The Orchestra of Scottish Opera



The Orchestra of Scottish Opera plays at all Scottish Opera performances in Scotland including Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, Inverness’s Eden Court and Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre. The Orchestra also travels further afield to England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Europe and beyond.


The Orchestra leaves the pit and takes centre-stage for its annual Sunday Series concerts at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, in the brand new custom-built Acoustic Shell. Here the musicians get the opportunity to flex their musical muscles on stage in operatic and non-operatic repertoire, ranging from Haydn and Beethoven symphonies to contemporary works and are regularly joined by world class singers.


In addition to its work with Scottish Opera, the Orchestra is in increasing demand for concerts, working regularly with the City of Glasgow Chorus, Celtic Connections and Dundee Choral Society, as well as with choral unions and societies around the country.



The Orchestra celebrated its 30th birthday in 2010, having been formed by Scottish Opera’s founder and first Music Director, Sir Alexander Gibson. The conductors John Mauceri, Sir Richard Armstrong, Francesco Corti and Stuart Stratford have followed in Sir Alex’s footsteps. Read more about our Music Directors.  


Many of the more than 50 players in the Orchestra have musical lives away from Scottish Opera, either engaged as Visiting Tutors to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow – ensuring that their skills and experience are passed on to the orchestral players of tomorrow – playing in chamber ensembles, or as soloists or section principals with orchestras throughout the UK.




See a full list of our players. Want to hire our orchestra?


If you want to know more about The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, or to make enquiries about booking the Orchestra for your organisation, please contact Jay Allen, Orchestra & Concerts Director on 0141 242 0561 or email