The Exile Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 2000 for the 'Man Behind The Milennium' event at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, the Chamber Orchestra provides a wonderfully enriching extension to Origin's music ministry. The orchestra both performs in its own right - so far holding two orchestral concerts at Greenside Parish Church in Edinburgh under the direction of our guest conductor, Iain McLarty - and also accompanies the various choirs and bands in larger-scale gigs. The largest of these to date was RESURRECTION 2007 at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, where a congregation of almost 6,000 people joined to celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The orchestra is made up of volunteers, both professional musicians and talented amateurs, willing to give their time to the mission, and play in wonderful venues like the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, The Edinburgh Playhouse, and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

We regularly use members of the orchestra to take part in smaller ad-hoc groups as well, and have also taken a number on tours overseas to South Africa, where they have joined with local musicians to perform in various venues around Cape Town, including the V&A Waterfront and the beautiful Cape Town City Hall.

Join us! - we have a regular programme of events in major venues in Scotland. Musicians must have reached a minimum standard of ABRSM Grade 7 to be considered. You can sign up online, or email orchestra at originscotland dot org for more information.

Artistic Director
Colin Peckham

Colin studied music at Edinburgh University, where he also played horn for the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He also works as an arranger and Artistic Director for Origin's different musical groups. He is married to Norma and has a young son, Andrew.

Guest Conductor
Iain McLarty

Iain studied music and mathematics at Edinburgh University where he also directed Sinfonia. He is a freelance musician and when not conducting the ECO is often to be found leading the viola section.

Inclusion in any Origin programme is at the discretion of the organisers.