Sheffield Chamber Orchestra

The Sheffield Chamber Orchestra (SCO) was formed in 1950 by a group of music lovers who enjoyed their music making and wished to share that enjoyment by giving public performances. It has grown into a standard Classical Chamber Orchestra with a full range of wind instruments, together with horns and trumpets - in total around 35 players.

The SCO rehearses between October and May to give three varied concerts a year.

  • A Winter Gala of popular classics, held in December at Ecclesall Church.
  • A Spring Masterworks Concert, held in March in Ecclesall Church. This concert traditionally includes great classical works which allow us to showcase amazing soloists.
  • A Summer Festival concert, on which our focus is to collaborate with and promote Sheffield’s many exceptional young musicians ̶ our musical future. This concert is held in May.

The SCO is comprised of proficient amateur musicians (Grade 8 standard and above with substantial playing experience) and benefits from the professional leadership of Ralph Dawson and of our guest Conductors. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at All Saints Church Hall, Ecclesall Church, Ringinglow (7.30 - 9.30pm) and there are generally 7 rehearsals preceding each concert.

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