EUMS Symphony Orchestra

The EUMS Symphony Orchestra is one of the largest and oldest orchestras in Scotland. It is the society’s only fully auditioned ensemble, rehearsing every week in term-time from 6.30 to 9.30pm on a Monday evening in the Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square.

Conducted by the ever passionate Russell Cowieson, the orchestra aims to provide students with the opportunity to play large-scale orchestral works to a very high standard. Concerts are given at the end of each semester in various locations around Edinburgh, including Greyfriars Kirk and St Mary’s Cathedral. Recent works have included Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, Rimsky Korzakov’s Scheherazade and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Feel free to have a listen to an excerpt from a concert recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony:

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Every two years the orchestra teams up with the EUMS Chorus to perform large scale orchestral and choral works in one of its concerts. Recently performed pieces include Orff’s Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem with soloists from within the music society as well as professional singers. Last year Symphony Orchestra teamed up with the Chorus to perform The Dream of Gerontius by Elgar

Mahler's Fifth Symphony reaches its climax...

Mahler’s First Symphony reaches its climax…

As a group of musicians, Symphony Orchestra has a diverse membership and an impressive track record in engaging with our wider community. In 2012 alone the orchestra comprised players from 16 different countries including the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Latvia, Spain, the USA, Hong Kong, Germany and Sweden, and through both our extensive education projects and outreach programmes commits itself to helping communicate the benefits and delights of classical music for everyone. In 2013 this has included a grand rendition of MacMillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie with over 200 children in Dundee’s Caird Hall as part of a specially commissioned youth dance performance.

Auditions for all instruments take place during Fresher’s Week and can be signed up for during the Fresher’s Fair. The audition involves playing a piece of music selected by yourself and also a short bit of sight-reading in front of a small panel including our conductor.

For further details please do not hesitate to contact our Symphony Manager directly at