LoCCO   Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra

formerly the Helensburgh Saturday Orchestra


  • John Gourlay - Chairperson
  • Alistair Begg - Treasurer
  • Anne Evans - Secretary
  • Scott Arroll - Librarian
  • Donna McCafferty - Librarian
  • Caroline MacPhee
Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra in performance

About the Orchestra

The ethos of the orchestra is to make music accessible to anyone and everyone. Therefore we aim to secure funding from a range of sources to keep costs to members low. We employ both a professional conductor and music tutors. The orchestra is run by a committee of volunteers and we are always looking for helpers! 


Our membership fees are adults, £40 per term, juniors, £20 per term. There are reductions for larger family groups with 2 or more children.


Parents play an important role in supporting the Orchestra. They can have a say in how the Orchestra is run by being on the Committee, and can help  with refreshments at the Saturday rehearsals and at concerts.


LoCCO started as Helensburgh's 'Saturday Orchestra' in 1977 and then, as now, welcomes those who would like the chance to play in an orchestra - young or old, new players or experienced.

At the first official practice session in East Clyde Street school hall on 7th October, 1977, 70 players turned up - many of them children, and over the years hundreds have enjoyed the open and encouraging musical environment the Orchestra offers.

The reserve conductor, David Bruce, took the baton at that first sessio. As part of the Orchestra's 40 year anniversary celebrationin in 2017, David Bruce again conducted the same piece at our winter concert in Victoria Halls.

Read an account by a founder member (Berit Vogt) of the Orchestra's formation, and view a newspaper report of the Orchestra's first rehearsal.

Helensburgh Saturday Orchestra 1999

Here is a picture of the Helensburgh Saturday Orchestra in 1999. Click image to see larger version