Edinburgh’s first Symphony Orchestra

Founded by conductor Luis Schmidt, Capella Edina is the first symphony orchestra to be based in Scotland’s culturally vibrant capital, Edinburgh; delivering never-before-seen shows and genre-bending concerts while promoting classical and contemporary music. The orchestra consists of a hand-picked group of highly talented musicians who meet for specific concerts and recording projects and embraces a broad repertoire that enables it to reach the most diverse audience.

It is at the heart of our mission to make (orchestral) music available to everyone, to bring people together, and to share the joy of music with a special focus on contemporary music. Music is not a static thing, quite the contrary, it is a dynamic manifestation of our culture. Our culture cannot survive without music, but at the same time, music cannot survive without our cultural input. Therefore, we want to show people the beauty of music and sounds they may never have encountered before.

We are pioneers in our field by combining classical works with pop & rock or television music in creative shows, multimedia performances, and collaborations with a broad range of artists.

Not only are our musical programmes and our community diverse, but we also pride ourselves on being a diverse and inclusive orchestra. We come together to make music and it is this passion that unites us as an orchestra and connects us to our audience.

“From the heart – may it return to the heart!”

–  Ludwig van Beethoven

Supporting Young Musicians

Capella Edina supports young musicians and composers on their journey to become professional music-makers through regular commissions, workshops, and sit-in orchestral sessions, allowing musicians to become familiar with a wide range of music from different musical periods in a constructive and encouraging environment. In addition, the orchestra is an active contributor to the community by playing educational concerts which dedicate time to discussing the music within specially curated programmes for the benefit of young people and aspiring musicians.

We Rely on Your Support

The orchestra is a charity registered in England & Wales and our Board of Trustees includes renowned musicians such as Christopher Bruerton (first baritone of The King’s Singers) and Robert Ames (co-principal conductor and co-principal artistic director of the London Contemporary Orchestra). We rely on income from a wide range of sources to deliver our performances and to fulfil our mission. We are truly grateful for the generosity of any individual who decides to become part of our supporter family, as well as the trusts and foundations that underpin our work.

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