Principal Conductor Designate: Maxim Emelyanychev (from September 2019)
Principal Guest Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine
Conductor Emeritus: Joseph Swensen
Associate Composer: Martin Suckling
Chorus Director: Gregory Batsleer
The world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. The SCO aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear their music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland and around the world as proud ambassadors for Scottish cultural excellence. In recent years, the Orchestra has travelled throughout Europe, the Far East, India and the USA.
The SCO aims to transform and enhance lives and communities throughout Scotland and beyond, through the power of inspirational music-making. This is a creative, innovative organisation in which to progress your career.
The SCO makes a significant contribution to Scottish life beyond the concert platform, and there are opportunities for members to work in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes, places of work and community centres.
The Orchestra encourages the creation and performance of new music and enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 150 new works including works by Sir James MacMillan, Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Lyell Cresswell, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Toshio Hosokawa, John MacLeod, Rolf Martinsson, Lotta Wennäkoski, Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Tom Harrold and the Orchestra’s Associate Composer, Martin Suckling.
The Orchestra promotes regular Winter Seasons from September to May in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Dumfries and (with the BBC SSO and RSNO) Perth. There are between two and four concerts each week with over 60 concerts in total, forming a 23-week Winter Season, including sharing the platform with our acclaimed Chorus.
During the Summer Season the Orchestra tours to Scotland’s towns and villages. In addition, the SCO undertakes overseas tours, festival appearances and recording sessions throughout the year. The SCO appears regularly at both the Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, and produces and performs the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert which ends the Festival each year.
The Orchestra enjoys fruitful relationships with world leaders in historically informed performance, contemporary music and other specialist repertoire. Regular visitors include conductors John Storgårds and François Leleux; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr; violinist/director Pekka Kuusisto; pianist/directors Kristian Bezuidenhout, Piotr Anderszewski and Robert Levin.
The SCO receives core funding from the Scottish Government and has offices in Edinburgh. This is an exciting time to join the Orchestra, with a new concert venue in the planning - Edinburgh’s first new music performance venue in 100 years.
The SCO's Creative Learning programme inspires and supports creativity throughout Scotland’s communities with an extensive and imaginative programme that enables people of all ages and abilities to engage with the music and the musicians of the SCO.
Events range from chamber concerts for babies and toddlers to large education concerts featuring internationally acclaimed soloists and workshop leaders. The programme currently includes a three-year residency at schools in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh; smaller projects and workshops led by SCO musicians; and SCO ReConnect, a programme of interactive workshops for people living with dementia.
SCO musicians are encouraged to take part in Creative Learning projects as part of their work with the orchestra. Some projects are designed to showcase performing skills, while others include specialist training and opportunities for continuing professional development.