Glasgow Philharmonia are making sweet sounds at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this week — led by fearless conductor and founder Ross Gunning.
The 19-year-old former Williamwood pupil — now studying at the Royal Conservatoire — made The Extra last summer after putting together his own group, describing it as “a proper orchestra offering young people a chance to play to an audience without charging lots for membership”.
Even in its early stages, Ross had over 70 musicians — most fellow RCS students and all aged 18-25 — lining up.
The orchestra has been going from strength to strength since, including a sell-out performance at Stars on Parade at the Royal Concert Hall, performing Bond themes For Your Eyes Only and The Man With the Golden Gun alongside pieces from The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.
It’s a long way to have come since the first fundraising concert at Greenbank Parish Church in 2012, when the group raised £1,600 to help build a classroom block and teachers house in Ekwendeni, Malawi.
And there’s even a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the fledgling orchestra continue to find its feet, available at www.kickstarter.com/projects/642571055/glasgow-philharmonia-orchestra-project-summer.
As for the summer concert, it boasts a programme including Bernstein’s Candide Overture and Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony, as well as Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No1 — with Glasgow Philharmonia joined by virtuoso violinist Daniel Rainey.
The performance begins at 7pm on Sunday (June 29) and tickets are £8, available from boxoffice.rcs.ac.uk.