We are a group of enthusiastic amateur musicians who come together to play as the Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra (EMGO). The orchestra has been established since 2008, and our aims are

  • to enable mandolin and guitar players to play music together;
  • to encourage the study of our instruments and music through the development of repertoires, technique, and musical understanding; and
  • to promote public awareness through concerts and recitals.

Our instruments are from the plucked string family – mainly (but not exclusively) mandolins, mandolas and guitars – and our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of musical genres spanning classical to popular, baroque to contemporary, and dipping into many different cultures along the way.

We rehearse every Thursday from 7.00 to 9.00 pm at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, 3 Belford Road, Edinburgh.  Our autumn term 2017 begins 7 September .

As of autumn 2017 Nigel Gatherer is having break from conducting EMGO, concentrating instead on new musical arrangements for EMGO based on traditional Scottish themes. EMGO is currently being rehearsed by Michael Graham. Michael studied music at the University of Edinburgh with a particular interest in conducting and composition. He enjoys a varied career with orchestral and choral engagements throughout Scotland and the wider UK

Further Information

List of honorary members.