Composers' Orchestra

A student-run orchestra dedicated to rehearsing and performing the works of students at the university. We welcome players and composers alike.


  • Composers' Orchestra Academic Year Student Membership£5.00
  • Composers' Orchestra Academic Year Non-Student Membership£5.00
  • Composers' Orchestra Semester Two Student Membership£5.00
  • Composers Orchestra Constitution

    31 Mar 2013

    The constitution for the Composers' Orchestra. Amended in April 2019.

  • Composers Orchestra Risk Assessment

    23 May 2018

    A comprehensive risk assessment applying to activities, events and rehearsals held by the Edinburgh University Composers' Orchestra. This document will be regularly updated throughout the academic year as more events are planned.

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Composers' Orchestra exists to provide a forum for the rehearsal and presentation of new and original music works in the concert tradition by living composers, primarily - though not exclusively - composers who are also students at the University of Edinburgh. Anyone with an interest in contemporary music may be involved - as a player, composer, observer, or friend. Rehearsals are held weekly on Thursdays at 6.30pm in The Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square conducted by Sam McLellan. The orchestra aims to maintain a core of players forming a small chamber orchestra, but has a policy of inclusivity which means that its forces may grow or divide as required. Composers' Orchestra does not hold auditions, provided performers can demonstrate an adequate playing standard. The orchestra's artistic policy is to rehearse all works presented to it by living composers, where practical, and to present as many of these works as possible at a concert each semester. If you are interested in finding out more about us, or attending a rehearsal, please contact us (, or visit our Facebook page

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