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Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Despite their track record, reputation and consistency of performance, the musicians of Edinburgh's Meadows Chamber Orchestra continually provoke surprise. It's not the steady commissioning and championing of new music, though that is always noteworthy. It is the sheer quality of the playing.

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Large Ensemble (six or more performers)

Instrumentation

  • Peter Evans - Conductor

Repertoire

Programmes are individually negotiated depending on the requirements and budget of the promoter and the size of the venue. Usually this comprises orchestral music, often with a soloist, but smaller groupings are sometimes included in programmes, e.g. string or wind ensemble.

Biography

The Meadows Chamber Orchestra, one of the UK's finest amateur orchestras, has recently completed its 48th season. It occupies a unique place in Scottish musical life and has, over the years, received many awards. It is one of the few non-professional orchestras to have broadcast more than once on BBC Radio 3.

Under its co-founder and principal conductor, Peter Evans, it has built a reputation for consistently high standards of performance and highly imaginative programming. The Meadows has played regularly to audiences in many parts of Scotland, often introducing these audiences to outstanding young soloists in the early stages of their careers.

The Orchestra has an enviable record of commissioning new works from Scottish and Scottish based composers. Recently it received financial support from Awards for All which enabled it to commission no fewer than eight short works by composers based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. It also receives generous support from The Binks Trust. The MCO annual composers' competition invites school pupils to submit new work, with the winning entry receiving a public performance during the following season of concerts.

The orchestra values the opportunity to play to new audiences and to discuss individual programme requirements with promoters. Over the years we have forged many valuable friendships with music clubs throughout Scotland.

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