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Bernard Docherty

Bernard Docherty

String Department

Bernard Docherty is a prizewinning violin graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and was for many years co-leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is in constant demand as a guest orchestral leader at home and abroad. A former member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he was a pioneer of the SCO’s schools’ development programme. He also led the string quartet ‘Quartz’, well known for their innovative arrangements and upbeat presentations.

Bernard has gained a reputation as a leading string coach, his main successes being the strings of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, the strings of the RCS Junior and Senior Orchestras and various Chamber ensembles. He is also in demand as a specialist assessor and adjudicator for many instrumental competitions and prominent music festivals. He has travelled to many parts of the UK as a soloist with various ensembles.