The Scottish Recorder Orchestra (SRO) was founded in 2002 by our first Musical Director, Eileen Silcocks. Since 2006, Eileen Silcocks invited our associate conductor Dietrich Schnabel, director of the Dortmund Recorder Consort, to share the conducting at our annual residential weekend and this has been a tradition ever since. In May 2008 the two orchestras combined for a long weekend rehearsal at Haus Nordhelle in Germany and a concert in Dortmund. This was followed in October 2008 by a residential weekend in Scotland with a concert in Edinburgh.
In the 2012-2013 season, our 10th Anniversary year, the Scottish and German contingents met for residential weekends in October in Tulliallan and in May in Haus Nordhelle in Germany, on both occasions closing the weekends with successful concerts in Edinburgh and Plettenburg.
In 2014 we set out to achieve an even fuller sound by buying a subcontrabass. This big investment was achieved largely through the efforts of one of our members, Johanna Babbs, who took part in an Ironman Triathlon to raise funds. Having experienced the magnificent ‘oomph’ this instrument adds to our sound, we later set out to complete our set of instruments by filling the contrabass gap with the purchase of a subgreatbass.
After Eileen’s death in 2017 we have engaged Ian Wilson as our new conductor and musical director and together we are continuing our mission of promoting and performing recorder music in Scotland.