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 2016:
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)
Gillian Batters (clarinet) – secretary (2014-2017, 2nd term)
Fiona Kindness (violin) – librarian (2016-2019, 2nd term)
Dominique Somers (flute) – librarian (2016-2019, 2nd term)
Joe Broussard (trumpet) – public relations/publicity (2014-2017, 2nd term)
Alan Cooper (oboe) – website/enrolment (2016–2019, 2nd term)
Kirsten Hunter (violin) – (2014-2017)
Norman Mills (clarinet) – (2015–2018)
Ernie Spencer (cello) – tutor coordination (2015-2018)
Jenny Kenny (percussion) – membership secretary (2016-2019)
Merchant Sinfonia is a member of Making Music