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, 7:15-8:45 pm, in Glasgow City Halls.

Committee members, as of November 2023:

Chris Gledhill (horn) – chair (2022-2025)
Bill Gray (clarinet) – vice-chair; website; enrolment team (2022–2025)
Dominique Somers (flute) – secretary (2022-2025)
Allison Grant (cello) – membership secretary; enrolment team (2022-2025, 3rd term)
Fiona Kindness (violin) – librarian (2022-2025, 4th term)
Jenny Kenny (percussion) – social secretary (2023-2026)
Becka Kay (clarinet) – social media (2022-2025)
Anne Richards (percussion) (2022-2025)
Peter McLean-Buechel (viola) (2022-2025)
Niall Morris (trombone) (2023-2026)

Minutes of committee meetings are available from the secretary, on request.

Merchant Sinfonia is a member of Making Music