Studio Symphony Orchestra


Several eminent professional musicians were, in their early days, members of the Orchestra. The most famous former member is Sir James Galway who was introduced to the SSO by Havelock Nelson and played for a year during his early studies in Belfast. Bernadette McBrierty of the Ulster Orchestra also played with the Studio Symphony before embarking on her professional career. David Strange, a leading cellist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 60's and Michael Skinner, chief percussionist in one of the leading London orchestras are but a few of the names of past members.

The SSO’s leader in late 50's and early 60's, Audrey Brett, went on to play with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.