Our current conductor, John L Wilson, took up the baton with the ASO for the 1992/93 season
He studied French Horn and pianoforte at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he worked under a number of eminent conductors. His early orchestral experience was further enhanced while as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. For over two decades he performed across Scotland with the Flaxton Ensemble and still plays with Ayr Camerata.
The ASO has over 60 members, making it one of the largest orchestras of its kind in the country. The orchestra aims to provide a fun and enjoyable musical experience where members feel welcomed, valued and supported. This ethos of enjoyment and achievement, underpins the goal of performing music displaying the highest possible artistic integrity and commitment.
Two very different concerts per season, both of which take place in the recently refurbished Ayr Town Hall, offer a wide range of repertoire experiences for orchestra members and audiences alike. The Christmas Concert is of a light and festive nature, while the Spring Concert follows the traditional setting of an overture, a concerto and a symphony or large-scale orchestral work.
Programming for our 2016/17 season includes Capriccio Italian – Tchaikovsky, Trumpet Concerto – Alexander Arutunian, Brahms Symphony No.4, Carmen Suite No.1 – Bizet, The Waltzing Cat – Leroy Anderson and Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka.