Each volume in the main series of editions contains historical and editorial introductions, facsimiles, music and a critical commentary. The series aims to serve both practical and scholarly needs. Published in parallel with the main series is a series of volumes of miscellaneous pieces. In addition, Musica Scotica has also instituted a series of historical studies of Scottish music of all periods. A series of recordings is forthcoming.
The main series of editions was launched in October 1996 with the publication of The Complete Works of Robert Carver and Sixteenth-century Scots songs for voice & lute, both edited by Kenneth Elliott. Volume III, Chamber Music of Eighteenth-century Scotland, edited by David Johnson, was published in February 2000. Volume IV, Five Cantatas by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik and Volume V, Fifty Seventeenth-Century Scots Songs, both edited by Kenneth Elliott, appeared in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Volume VI, Vespers, Matins and Lauds for St Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow, edited by Greta-Mary Hair and Betty I Knott, was launched at a Civic Reception in Glasgow on 19 May, 2011. Volume VII, Original Highland Airs Collected at Raasay in 1812 by Elizabeth Jane Ross, edited by Peter Cooke, Morag MacLeod and Colm O Baoill, was launched at Musica Scotica's 2016 conference at Stirling University in April, 2016.
Volumes I–III were published under the imprint of Glasgow University Music Department Publications. Volumes IV - VII appeared under the imprint of Musica Scotica Trust Publications, as will future volumes. Orders for these publications may be made direct to the distributor, The Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs, Glasgow.
Contributions from new editors are welcome and will be considered by the Editorial Board.
In recent years, Musica Scotica has begun to sponsor performances of Scottish music, particularly contemporary music, and proposes to issue recordings of Scottish music in future.
Musica Scotica also runs an annual conference on all aspects of Scottish Music, usually held on the last Saturday of April. For further information, please go to the Conferences page.