Comprising instrumentalists from the Music Department and across the University, the Symphony Orchestra is one of Aberdeen’s leading ensembles. We aspire to be a flagship orchestra for the northeast of Scotland, performing a wide range of repertoire including classical and romantic favourites, forgotten masterpieces, and brand new works by living composers. Our first concert of the year will be a collaboration with the University Concert Band at Aberdeen City’s Music Hall on Sunday 5 December, when we will be performing Sibelius’s thrilling Lemminkäinen’s Return, Saariaho’s spine-tingling Winter Sky, and Beethoven’s joyous Eighth Symphony.

How to join: The Symphony Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble. All players of orchestral instruments are invited to audition for a place. The next round of auditions will take place in January 2022. If you would like to audition, please register your interest at

Rehearsals: We rehearse every Monday evening from 7.00 to 9.30 in King’s Pavilion, and the first rehearsal of 2022 will be on 24 January.

Contact details: If you have any questions about the Orchestra, please email our conductor, Professor Chris Collins: