About the orchestra

The Edinburgh University String Orchestra was founded in October 1991 by Dr Emre Aracı, a second year music student at the time. The debut concert was conducted by Emre on 1st February 1992 in the Reid Concert Hall. A review in the Student newspaper described the orchestra’s performance as “truly polished” and remarked on the orchestra’s “huge potential”. Without doubt, the orchestra has lived up to this prediction and continues to deliver high quality concerts in the University.

The orchestra rehearses weekly during term time and has worked with internationally acclaimed conductors including Jim Lowe, Matthew Owens, Hugh Thomas, Robert Dick, Andrew Griffiths, Richard Lewis, Michael Bawtree and Iain McLarty. Most recently, the orchestra has enjoyed working with well-known Edinburgh-based conductors and musicians Will Conway and Chris George. The orchestra also benefits from regularly performing with prominent soloists, such as Christian Elliott, Sijie Chen, Carole Clarke and Katherine Spencer in recent years.

An annual competition to support and promote new music was proposed in 1998 and so the Emre Aracı Composition Competition was born. This gives students the chance to hear their compositions for string orchestra; the winning entry is performed by the orchestra on tour.

Every year, EUSO takes the opportunity to play around Scotland on tour. Last year we visited the beautiful Isle of Eigg.

If you are interested in joining EUSO, auditions will be taking place again in September 2017. You can read more about joining on the Join page.