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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 of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Blair parum. Thank you, Robert, providing me along to speak about these Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. Our pleasure. First of all, could you give us a little backstory to the SFO? Sure the SF WI began in the late s early S. back in the s they used to be what's called fiddlers rallies, which are picking of gatherings of fiddle players who keep together to play some some tunes...

...to audiences and running about one thousand nineteen seventy nine, John Mason, who founded the orchestra, and a few others got together and decided to do to make out a national orchestra of these fiddles rallies. And so in one thousand nine hundred and eighty they actually officially formed and they played the first concert in Aberdeen in the music call and Aberdeen in March one thousand nine hundred and eighty. Since then we played concerts all over Scotland and beyond. Every wee play in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and the music call in Aberdeen and part Concert Hall. We used to play in dg one in Dumfries, but it closed down 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. Previous year's used to be the Albert Hall in London and we've also played the sage gates 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 little over a hundred people in the orchestra. Yeah, which it's been going this year. Goal last year would have been a forty anniversary while fortunately, of course, we had to postpone allar celebrations. But then that's the history of the settle. Thank you. Now, what would you say is the best thing 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 front of everyone and have everyone's trust and, yeah, getting to to kind of interact 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 good fun being the person who waves the white stick in front of everyone and getting them to follow you. Of course, has comes a bit of pressure make sure everything goes right, but nine to nine point nine percent of the time it does. Of course, as things we always have to work on to improve ourselves, but it's a lot of fun and it's actually quite an honor to be the person that gets to stand up in front of the orchestra and be the conductor. And I actually joined the orchestra and when I was eighteen as a cellist. So I played cello and then, yeah, I kind of started learning how to conduct by watching and following John Mason, who sadly passed away in two thousand and eleven. So I took over officially just after he passed away, although I've been working with him for a few years before that just kind of getting to be...

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

...and in the venues in Scotland. I mean the the usher hall is a fantastic place, as the roll console in Glasgow, but very special concert we played actually was in seeing my St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall in Orkney. Again. That's how I was a very exciting place to play. So yeah, we're real we've been very, very lucky 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 the places in China. Staying on the topic of performing in exciting places, where would you like the orchestra to perform in the future? I would love for the orchestra to get to go back to the our whole actually, I know we've played there before, but we've not played there for about seventeen years or so. So I'd love to go back to Albert Hall. But places we've never played before. There's one very,...

...very, very famous concert hall in New York called Carnegie Hall, which all the great orchestras of the world played. We were very close one year to getting to go there, but do unfortunately it didn't quite happen. Whether we ever get to go that I don't know, but that's one one place be AH. There's some some brilliant venues in places all over the all over the world. It's hard to put as hard to put off my finger on it, even someone in Scotland or somewhere like like sky, for example New York, is never actually been to the 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 everything else. And orchestras need to regularly practice. How did the SFU practice during the lockdowns? Like everybody else, practicing...

...has been very hard as a group during all these lockdowns. Obviously everyone practices the themselves and their houses anyway. But Yeah, getting the group together to practice has been incredibly difficult. We have tried a few zoom rehearsals, but really that's just a case of me playing some music and the laptop. We'll look it. We're lucky. We've got lots of recorded albums and see these and youtube clips that we can play and have everyone play along to. But getting everyone to play together obviously is is, very, very difficult with the way that the Wi fi and broadband and the speeds of lagging etc. So it's difficult. So what ends up happening is, yeah, I just play play a track through my computer everyone's on mute and they play themselves along them, to them, to the tunes that they are hearing. I guess they get to see everyone and they're we we squares and the zoom call, but it'll get to hear everyone. So we 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 amazing and I have no doubt that our listeners would like to listen to more of your orchestra's work. Where and how can they do that? The best place to hear more music from the Scotch Fiddle Orchestra as via our website, which you can find that SFO dot org dot UK. There's links to albums there and there's end there's obviously you can find some some clips on Youtube and our albums are available on itunes and Amazon music and other places like that. But yeah, of course, if the one to come in person, once everyone is allowed to, then, as I say, to check the website. Every concerts happening every so often. Yeah, I guess the website would be the first place to go. Unfortunately,...

Mr Parram. That is all the time that we have today. Thank you for coming on the show. Can I see a big thank you to everyone involved at birth the park high school video for inviting me along to say something about the Scottich Phil orgs just's been a 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 sfos music, you can do so over at their website. Sfo don't work touch UK. 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, played by 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 is Davy work. Once again, thank you to Mr Paren for today's interview and we will now leave you with the music I've just mentioned. Enjoy.

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