USSO 2018 - Tickets for Gala Concert now available

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Sun 27th May 2018, 3pm 
Saint Stephen's, Stockbridge105 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AB
Conductor - Chris Swaffer
All proceeds to Music in Hospitals and Care Scotland, Reg SC038864

USSO 2018 -  Last few playing places left!
3xViolin, 3xViola

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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  culminating in a gala concert in Edinburgh in aid of Music In Hospitals and Care Scotland.

USSO is delighted to be able to support MiHC, who are a charity that bring interactive live music 
sessions to people who are receiving care or treatment in healthcare settings across the UK. 

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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...

USSO2018 - Weds 23rd - Sun 27th May

USSO this year performs Shostakovich's mighty 5th Symphony and Copland's stirring Lincoln Portrait.

Three days in the Trossachs are followed by an event to celebrate the 70th birthday of our partner charity Music In Hospitals and Care Scotland. A gala concert in Edinburgh on the final Sunday rounds off the week.

Shostakovich's mighty 5th Symphony will be the main work - a thrilling and epic work.

Who are we?

An exciting partnership enabling students from all over Scotland to come together and perform. In 2017, USSO celebrated its fifth anniversary with a tour of Scotland. Over 90 students from 14 institutions came together for 4 concerts - in Gartmore, Aviemore, Edinburgh and Lockerbie. 

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 primarily run by Chris Swaffer (Artistic Director) and Caitlin Diver (General Manager). They are supported by a committee made up of student representatives from several university music societies around Scotland, and an independent professional overseeing applications and places.