University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra

Chris Collins
Ensemble type

Comprising instrumentalists from the Music Department and across the University, the Symphony Orchestra is one of Aberdeen’s leading ensembles. We aspire to be a flagship orchestra for the northeast of Scotland, performing a wide range of repertoire, including classical and romantic favourites, forgotten masterpieces, and brand-new works by living composers. Recent concerts include a collaboration with the University Concert Band at the Aberdeen Music Hall, where we performed Sibelius’s thrilling Lemminkäinen’s Return, Saariaho’s spine-tingling Winter Sky, and Beethoven’s joyous Eighth Symphony. Other recent performances have included Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, and Porthor (Singing Sands) by the Welsh composer Mared Emlyn. 

Getting involved

The Symphony Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble. All players of orchestral instruments are invited to audition for a place. If you would like to audition or have any questions, please register your interest with our conductor, Professor Chris Collins via the details on our website. 

Rehearsal times
Monday 19:00 - 21:30
Membership criteria
Welcomed ability Advanced
Ages Students, Adults
Auditioned Yes
King's Pavilion, University Road, Old Aberdeen
AB24 3DQ
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