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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...

USSO2018 - Sun 20th - Sun 27th May

An exciting change of venue this year, as USSO heads to Ireland for its residential course and tour. 3 days of rehearsals in a purpose built residential centre north of Dublin, is followed by 3 nights stay in Dublin city centre itself.

Two concerts in Ireland 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.