Aberdeen City Orchestra:
Originally formed in 1982 by a group of friends, the Aberdeen City Orchestra has been performing in the city for over 40 years. Formally known as Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, it has grown in size and continues to attract the finest local talent to its ranks,
Guided by experienced conductor, Gareth John, and leader, Jean Fletcher, the orchestra regularly performs large-scale works. In recent years, they have performed Beethoven's Choral Symphony at the Aberdeen Music Hall, the Emperor Piano Concerto with Nigel Clayton, a semi-staged production of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. The popularity of their diverse and engaging concerts, many of sell out, has enabled collaboration performances such as with Con Anima choir for Handel's Messiah in 2019.
It's most recent addition is the Aberdeen City Orchestra Youth Emsemble, directed by Chris Gray, which was set up to provide playing opportunities for young people since the closure of the region's music centres.