Chamber orch. with headquarters in Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, and serving all Scotland. Founded 1974 with Roderick Brydon as art. dir. R. Leppard prin. guest cond. from 1978. Jukka‐Pekka Saraste prin. cond. 1987–94, Ivor Bolton 1994–6; Joseph Swenson 1996–2005. Played for Scottish Opera, when appropriate, up to 1979. Has toured abroad.