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Bob's Big Broadcast Episode 1

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Robert interviews Blair Parham, conductor of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.

First aired: 25/02/21

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Bob Broadcast. Ladies and gentlemen,Boyd's by the treat for you. Today I am here with the conduction ofthe Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Blair parum. Thank you, Robert, providing mealong to speak about these Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. Our pleasure. First of all,could you give us a little backstory to the SFO? Sure the SFWI began in the late s early S. back in the s they used tobe what's called fiddlers rallies, which are picking of gatherings of fiddle playerswho keep together to play some some tunes...

...to audiences and running about one thousandnineteen seventy nine, John Mason, who founded the orchestra, and a fewothers got together and decided to do to make out a national orchestra of thesefiddles rallies. And so in one thousand nine hundred and eighty they actually officiallyformed and they played the first concert in Aberdeen in the music call and Aberdeenin March one thousand nine hundred and eighty. Since then we played concerts all overScotland and beyond. Every wee play in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgowand the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and the music call in Aberdeen and part ConcertHall. We used to play in dg one in Dumfries, but it closeddown a few years ago or for home to go back there fairly soon,though. We normally play once you're a major venue down in England. Previousyear's used to be the Albert Hall in London and we've also played the sagegates head a York Barber can and other...

...big theaters and concert halls like that. And occasionally we do travel overseas. We've been to Ireland, Canada,Australia and New Zealand, China and Portland Shetland, if they count as overseas. But are yeah, we we get we get around a wee bit,but am the other's now about one hundred or so people. are a littleover a hundred people in the orchestra. Yeah, which it's been going thisyear. Goal last year would have been a forty anniversary while fortunately, ofcourse, we had to postpone allar celebrations. But then that's the history of thesettle. Thank you. Now, what would you say is the bestthing about being the conductor of the SFO? The best thing about being the conductor. That's a tough question. I probably see having absolute power over everybody. Know, you know, it's great just being able to stand in frontof everyone and have everyone's trust and, yeah, getting to to kind ofinteract with the orchestra members and also the...

...audiences who come to our concerts,having a bit of a laugh out front. But yeah, it's quite a goodfun being the person who waves the white stick in front of everyone andgetting them to follow you. Of course, has comes a bit of pressure makesure everything goes right, but nine to nine point nine percent of thetime it does. Of course, as things we always have to work onto improve ourselves, but it's a lot of fun and it's actually quite anhonor to be the person that gets to stand up in front of the orchestraand be the conductor. And I actually joined the orchestra and when I waseighteen as a cellist. So I played cello and then, yeah, Ikind of started learning how to conduct by watching and following John Mason, whosadly passed away in two thousand and eleven. So I took over officially just afterhe passed away, although I've been working with him for a few yearsbefore that just kind of getting to be...

...shown the ropes and what what ittakes. Yeah, it's a lot of fun being there, as I say, being the conductor of the the SFO. Now, to my understanding, theScottishue, the orchestra has toured the world. What would you say it'sthe most exciting place you've ever performed in the most exciting place? That's agreat question. I would have to see if, from a personal point ofview, playing in China, came to play in some amazing theaters over inChina, because obviously we kinds of I would like I and we can't speakMandarin and we had have translators, but it was it was really incredible gameto play Scottish music over there. Other places, though, are the orchestrahas played which been exciting. As I said, the Albert Holden in Londonas a war world famous venue. We've also played in the Sydney Opera Houseand Sydney Australia, which was very special,...

...and in the venues in Scotland.I mean the the usher hall is a fantastic place, as the rollconsole in Glasgow, but very special concert we played actually was in seeing mySt Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall in Orkney. Again. That's how I was avery exciting place to play. So yeah, we're real we've been very, verylucky in the venues that we've played. Each of got there the exciting parts. But yeah, for me personally, I'd have to see some of theplaces in China. Staying on the topic of performing in exciting places,where would you like the orchestra to perform in the future? I would lovefor the orchestra to get to go back to the our whole actually, Iknow we've played there before, but we've not played there for about seventeen yearsor so. So I'd love to go back to Albert Hall. But placeswe've never played before. There's one very,...

...very, very famous concert hall inNew York called Carnegie Hall, which all the great orchestras of the worldplayed. We were very close one year to getting to go there, butdo unfortunately it didn't quite happen. Whether we ever get to go that Idon't know, but that's one one place be AH. There's some some brilliantvenues in places all over the all over the world. It's hard to putas hard to put off my finger on it, even someone in Scotland orsomewhere like like sky, for example New York, is never actually been tothe sky to put tray in. Some smaller venues are equally as fun.So perhaps somewhere a bit closer to home might be a great place to go, to go to lookdown. Has Effected Every Music Group and pretty much everythingelse. And orchestras need to regularly practice. How did the SFU practice during thelockdowns? Like everybody else, practicing...

...has been very hard as a groupduring all these lockdowns. Obviously everyone practices the themselves and their houses anyway.But Yeah, getting the group together to practice has been incredibly difficult. Wehave tried a few zoom rehearsals, but really that's just a case of meplaying some music and the laptop. We'll look it. We're lucky. We'vegot lots of recorded albums and see these and youtube clips that we can playand have everyone play along to. But getting everyone to play together obviously isis, very, very difficult with the way that the Wi fi and broadbandand the speeds of lagging etc. So it's difficult. So what ends uphappening is, yeah, I just play play a track through my computer everyone'son mute and they play themselves along them, to them, to the tunes thatthey are hearing. I guess they get to see everyone and they're wewe squares and the zoom call, but it'll get to hear everyone. Sowe cannot wait till get back together. was hopefully won't be too long,but yeah, to get back together and...

...play a tune, because we really, really really miss making music together. You, your orchestra is absolutely amazingand I have no doubt that our listeners would like to listen to more ofyour orchestra's work. Where and how can they do that? The best placeto hear more music from the Scotch Fiddle Orchestra as via our website, whichyou can find that SFO dot org dot UK. There's links to albums thereand there's end there's obviously you can find some some clips on Youtube and ouralbums are available on itunes and Amazon music and other places like that. Butyeah, of course, if the one to come in person, once everyoneis allowed to, then, as I say, to check the website.Every concerts happening every so often. Yeah, I guess the website would be thefirst place to go. Unfortunately,...

Mr Parram. That is all thetime that we have today. Thank you for coming on the show. CanI see a big thank you to everyone involved at birth the park high schoolvideo for inviting me along to say something about the Scottich Phil orgs just's beena privilege speaking to you and I hope your listeners have enjoyed what they've heard. Thanks. If you would like to listen to some more of the sfosmusic, you can do so over at their website. Sfo don't work touchUK. Before we in the show we've a special treat for you all.We're going to play in March truspee and real by J Scott Skinner, playedby the SFO. The march is called Scott skinners. Compliments to Dr McDonald. The stress play is the layered of the drum layer and the real isDavy work. Once again, thank you to Mr Paren for today's interview andwe will now leave you with the music I've just mentioned. Enjoy.

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