We are an amateur orchestra based in the beautiful South West of Scotland and hope our website inspires you to attend one of our fabulous concerts in the near future.


Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert will be held on Sunday 24th March at 7:30pm in Ayr Town Hall

We are looking forward to premiering a work written for the orchestra by local composer Rory Boyle. Based on Robert Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter, this composition is called The Deil Dances and, as the title suggests, comprises four dances. We are sure that you will enjoy them as much as we do!

We will also perform the beautiful Concerto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo, featuring classical guitarist Simon Thacker as our soloist. Simon has played with the orchestra before and we can’t wait to welcome him back.

The concert concludes with Dvorak’s popular and uplifting Symphony No 8 in G major.

Tickets are available from members of the orchestra, on the door and from Ayr Guitar in Ayr.


Dates for your diary: Watch this space for confirmation of our Christmas concert dates!









To find out more about our soloist, Simon Thacker, please visit www.simonthacker.com.

To find out more about Rory Boyle, please visit www.roryboyle.com






We look forward to seeing you soon.


John 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.


Paul joined the ASO in 2006 when he moved to Scotland as the Music Service Manager for East Ayrshire. He started playing the violin at school when he was 8 years old.

Aged 11, Paul knew that he wanted to be a musician and music educator. After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Paul trained to be a music teacher while continuing to freelance across the UK. Paul has had the pleasure of commissioning and performing several concertos by young composers as well as leading orchestras and performing solo recitals. 



The members of the Orchestra are mainly amateur players, though our number includes many who earn a living from music. We have members from a wide range of ages and from all walks of life. Players come from all over Ayrshire and beyond.

 Anyone wishing to join the orchestra should in the first instance send their CV to our Secretary, Louise Barrett.