Making great music at the Heart of Scotland

Summer 2021 Playing for real!

As the Covid restrictions started to lift in July this year, the DCO string and woodwind sections met separately face to face on a couple of occasions to enjoy playing for real.

The two groups were conscious of the "new" socially distanced way of playing with one player per desk, hand sanitiser never far away, and of course plenty of fresh air and masks at the ready for moving around inside.

It all worked fine, and was more moving than anyone had anticipated.

Now we are looking forward to playing-for-real as a full orchestra. 

Meanwhile here are a few of the string section on July 17th with a rogue windplayer managing the double bass and the hand sanitiser!

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Future Concerts

Sunday November 21st 2021   Soloist: Phillip Leslie  Piano                   

Other Events

We also had to cancel our 2020 Play Day, but are keeping our fingers crossed that 2021 will see us all able to make live music once again.

Our 2019 Play Day

On Sunday October 6th last year Dunblane Chamber Orchestra held a Musical Play-Day for adults.  The idea for this day came from the DCO audience members who told us over the years about being lapsed musicians or just starting to play an instrument in retirement, but not having the experience to join a group yet.  So, we thought we could help, and with funding from Stirling Council and The Co op, we set about organising and advertising our Play Day.


Our group of 54 musicians ranged from grades 1 – 5 and were initially divided into strings and winds for two sessions.  For the final session of the day the two groups came together to form an orchestra.  They were amazing!


On hand to act as “buddies” for our players were members of the DCO.  There was a wide range of music played, and it was chosen progressively to enable the players to feel comfortable with different styles and gain confidence as the day went on.  In the final session the strings played a section of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Musik and the winds a Shostakovich Waltz.  Both groups joined forces in a little bit of Beethoven’s Ist Symphony which the DCO  performed at their November 2019 concert.  

The day was enhanced with home-baking and a great atmosphere.  Well done to everyone who took part and helped to make the event possible.

Meet the Orchestra

Principal Conductor: 

Robert Baxter