West String Orchestra

The West String Orchestra is aimed at Primary 7 – Secondary 3 pupils playing at approximately Grade 3+ level and was launched along with the Training Band in spring 2015 with the aim of widening access and providing further opportunities for young musicians.

String Orchestra-cello-section-at-city-halls

The ensemble is directed by David O’Connell and tutoring staff are experienced, professional performers and teachers. The ensemble meets several times during the year and activities include a residential course at Gartmore House and a large-scale concert performance in Glasgow.

West String Orchestra Residential

As well as music training and rehearsals, the team at Gartmore provide a programme of team-building games and social activities. In 2016 this included a Bhangra dancing session with Anuj Choudhary, a ceilidh, barbeque and bonfire.

West Strings Orchestra with RSNO

Additional activities in 2016 included a Taster Day event, attendance as special guests at an RSNO Concert and a Side by Side day with performers from the RSNO and a recording session.

West String Orchestra at City Halls Glasgow

String Orchestra Programme 2016

  • Rutter, Suite for Strings
  • Don’t Stop believin’ by  Journey

How do I apply?
Applications can be made from August on this website and must be accompanied by a reference from the instrumental teacher. This can be emailed separately to; info@wsso.org.uk

We understand that some applicants may have yet to sit a graded exam so we always advise that pupils consult with their instrumental teacher before applying. No auditions are currently held for training ensembles.