USSO 2017

USSO 5th year anniversary tour!

Gustav Holst - The Planets, Op. 32

Weds 24th May 2017, 10am - Explore the Planets
Gartmore House, Gartmore, Stirling, FK8 3RS 

Thurs 25th May, 7.30pm
Osprey Arena, Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, Invernesshire, PH22 1PN
Fri 26th May 2017, 7.30pm
St Cuthberts Church, 5 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH1 2EP
Sat 27th May 2017, 3pm 
Lockerbie Town Hall, High St, Lockerbie DG11 2ES
Part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Choir - Les Sirenes
Leader - Marketa Slukova
Conductor - Chris George

All proceeds to Music in Hospitals Scotland, Reg SC038864

For tickets for Gartmore, Aviemore and Edinburgh, click here
Tickets for Lockerbie from the D&G Arts Festival Website here

About Us

USSO - 2017 Course and Tour


Timed to fit neatly between exams and graduation, USSO's annual course consists of three full rehearsal days at the  Craigmore Centre at Gartmore House before taking the overnight ferry to Europe from Newcastle, for a six day tour to Europe culminating in a gala concert in Edinburgh in aid of Music In Hospitals Scotland.

Some of Scotland's best professional players are on hand for the first three days giving sectionals. Previous tutors included the Co-Leader of the RSNO, the Leader of the Scottish Ballet orchestra, former leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the founder violist of the Edinburgh Quartet and the Director of Scottish Opera Connect Company.

Read about our previous courses here...

USSO2017: Sat 20th - Sat 27th May 2017

Our 5th USSO course and tour takes Holst's mighty Planets Suite around Scotland. 4 days of rehearsal in the Trossachs National Park followed by 2 days and a concert in the Cairngorms, a concert in Edinburgh, and a gala concert on the 27th for the Dumfries and Galloway Festival.

Who are we?

An exciting partnership enabling students from all over Scotland to come together and perform. In 2015, 85 students from 14 institutions of 10 nationalities came together for 3 concerts - in Cologne, Verviers and Edinburgh.

Applications are welcomed from any HE student in Scotland, whether at university or conservatoire—auditions may be necessary for oversubscribed woodwind/brass/string leader positions. 

The Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra (USSO) is run jointly by the committees of the University of St Andrews Music Society and the Kelvin Ensemble of Glasgow University together with OneStage tours and an independent professional overseeing applications and places.