Edinburgh University String Orchestra (EUSO) was founded in October 1991 by Emre Araci, a music student at the University of Edinburgh, and has held weekly term-time rehearsals ever since under the batons of a variety of talented young conductors including James Lowe, Matthew Owens, Hugh Thomas, Robert Dick, Andrew Griffiths, William Conway, Richard Lewis and Iain McLarty.
The debut concert was held on 1st February 1992, and the orchestra has since become a well-established and recognised performing group in the University. The orchestra takes pride in the fact that it is run solely by students, and membership is open to any student in the University, with almost all faculties being represented.
An important commitment, seriously undertaken by EUSO, is to provide a platform for talented performing students including soloists from within the orchestra. A recent development has been the introduction of the Emre Araci Composition Prize, giving the premiere of a new work composed for the orchestra by a promising young composer.
An integral aim of our orchestra is to bring the string repertoire to a wider audience, particularly by touring. Each year the orchestra goes on tour to some of Scotland's most beautiful places to rehearse and perform local concerts. Past tours have included trips to Orkney and Sutherland, and last year we visited Mull and Iona with concerts in Tobermory and Iona Abbey. For our 2013 tour we plan on visiting the Isle of Skye.
In 2003 we established a 'Friends of EUSO' scheme, which allows supporters of the Orchestra to be kept up to date with our concerts and activities. If you are interested in becoming a friend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to us at one of our concerts.