EUMS Symphony Orchestra

Rehearsal SpaceReid Concert Hall, Bristo Square
Rehearsal TimeMondays 6.30pm – 9.30pm

The EUMS Symphony Orchestra is one of the largest and oldest orchestras in Scotland. It is the society’s only fully auditioned ensemble.

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 McEwall Hall and recent performances have included Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Debussy’s La mer and Bruckner’s 7th symphony. Feel free to check out our social media to listen to excerpts of our performances. 

Every two years the orchestra teams up with the EUMS Chorus to perform large scale orchestral and choral works in one of its concerts. Recent examples of this include Verdi’s Requiem and The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins with soloists from within the music society as well as professional singers. In March 2019, Symphony Orchestra teamed up with Chorus to perform Mahler’s Symphony no.2 the “Resurrection Symphony”, in the recently refurbished McEwan Hall.

As a group of musicians, Symphony Orchestra has a diverse membership and strong engagement with the wider community. For example, this year the orchestra comprises players from countries including the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Malta, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada. Some of our players are music students but most of them come from completely different fields of study. Through both our education projects and our outreach programs, the orchestra commits itself to helping communicate the benefits and delights of classical music to as many people as possible. Last year, a brand new education project had some of our orchestra members go into primary schools to teach children about the science of music. 

For further details please feel free to contact our Symphony Manager at

Read about our other ensembles:

  • Chorus, an non-auditioned choir of over 100 people.
  • Sinfonia, an auditioned orchestra (apart from the string section, which is non-auditioning).