Gavin Reid is Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of Scotland’s National Performing Companies. Prior to joining the SCO in 2016, Gavin spent ten years as Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Born and educated in Edinburgh, he studied the trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before pursuing a freelance career performing and teaching. He was Principal Trumpet of Manchester Camerata from 1989-2001 and was responsible for developing their education and outreach programme between 1996-2002. Gavin was subsequently appointed General Manager of Manchester Camerata and in 2004, became one of the first Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme.
He is a Trustee of IMPACT Scotland (International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust), the organisation established to create a new performance venue – and home for the SCO - in the heart of Edinburgh City Centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having previously served on their Board of Governors from 2012 to 2018.
Gavin Reid was a member of the Board of the Association of British Orchestras for six years before being elected Chair in November 2017.