USSO 2019 - Dvořák’s Concerto for Cello & Stravinsky's Petrushka




USSO's seventh annual course will be a rare and exciting opportunity to work on Stravinsky’s complete score to his ballet Petrushka. We are performing this dazzling orchestral tour de force in two concerts in Scotland, alongside one of the most popular concertos in the repertoire, Dvořák’s Concerto for Cello

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USSO - On The Course



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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...

USSO2019 - Mon 27th May - Sun 2nd June

USSO's seventh annual course will be a rare and exciting opportunity to work on Stravinsky’s complete score to his ballet Petrushka. We are performing this dazzling orchestral tour de force in two concerts in Scotland, alongside one of the most popular concertos in the repertoire, Dvořák’s Concerto for Cello

Set in the Trossachs, Gartmore House is in a beautiful setting for just over three days of rehearsal. Sectional rehearsals are given by some of Scotland’s top
orchestral musicians on the first two days. There is time to relax and all food is provided whilst at Gartmore, with social events and a
ceilidh provided.

After the residential course, we move closer to civilisation for two nights to perform two concerts. We will be welcoming a special guest soloist, and our conductor this year is our Artistic Director, Chris Swaffer. 

The final gala concert in Edinburgh is performed in aid of our partner charity Music In Hospitals and Care Scotland who last year celebrated their 70th anniversary.

 




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.