The Merchant Sinfonia was originally founded in 2008, under the auspices of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of its outreach programme. After five successful years the orchestra gained sufficient momentum to flee the nest and, with support from Glasgow Life, is now an independent organization, whilst continuing to enjoy amicable associations with the BBC SSO team.
Regular rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm, in Glasgow City Halls.
Committee members, as of October 2017:
Allison Grant (cello) – chair (2015-2018)
Alison Scott (flute)– vice-chair (2016-2019) Glasgow Life liaison (2015-2018, 2nd term)
Anne Richards (percussion) – treasurer (2016-2019, 2nd term)
Jane Macdiarmid (trumpet) – secretary (2017-2020)
Fiona Kindness (violin) – librarian (2016-2019, 2nd term)
Dominique Somers (flute) – librarian (2016-2019, 2nd term)
David Formstone (violin) – public relations/publicity (2017-2020)
Alan Cooper (oboe) – website/enrolment team (2016–2019, 2nd term)
Norman Mills (clarinet) – librarian (2015–2018)
Ernie Spencer (cello) – tutor coordination (2015-2018)
Jenny Kenny (percussion) – membership secretary/enrolment team (2016-2019)
Merchant Sinfonia is a member of Making Music