Founder and Conductor
Ross Gunning is the Founder and Creative Director of the Glasgow Philharmonia, after creating the orchestra in 2012. As a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BMus degree in Timpani and Percussion, Ross has gone on to give over 400 young talented performers many diverse opportunities in the Arts industry and created Showcase Events Performing Arts Challenge. He also received the Young Scot Arts Award 2015 for his work in the Arts industry.
As well as the Glasgow Philharmonia, Ross has taken a number of orchestras under his baton including Glasgow School Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society, Kelvin Ensemble, Strathclyde University Symphony Orchestra, St James Orchestra, among others. He has also collaborated with a number of organisations such as the Academy of Sacred Music conducting a premiere of Michael O’Sullivan’s Stabat Mater, Opera Breve where he conducted 10 performances of the Opera ‘One Day This Will Be Long Ago’ at the Tete a Tete Festival in London. He has also conducted at History Live Opening Concert 2017 and Malcolm Arnold Festival 2017.
Ross has had the pleasure of working with many soloists including American Violinist Andrew Sords, West End and Broadway stars John Owen Jones, Sarah Earnshaw, Sabrina Carter, Keith Jack, as well as TV stars Jai McDowall, Karl Loxley, Tom Urie, Gary Lamont among others. Ross has produced his ‘Movies to Musicals’ events since 2015 which have been sell out performances.
Ross was the conductor for the Commonwealth Games Medal Unveiling 2014, Remembrance Day Event at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 2013, premieres of ‘The Wolfman’ and ‘Arabian Nights’ musicals and recording of albums with singer/songwriters Karl Loxley and Jonathan Carr as well as a charity single for the Lord Provost Queens Street Fund with actor Tom Urie singing ‘Mother Glasgow’.
Ross has conducted repertoire by Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Vaughan-Williams, Bruch, Schumann, Beethoven as well as many Musicals and Movies soundtracks. He has also assisted John Wilson with the John Wilson Orchestra for their BBC Prom in 2013.