Two Ylas

Imagine discovering that you are not the only person in the world with your first name. For most of us, that’s not difficult to imagine at all. However, for the SFO’s principal soloist, Yla Steven, it came as bit of a shock. Yla’s name –...

Aly Bain – Take a Bow

Aly Bain helped get me through my Highers. A cassette recording of the album “Open Road” by Boys of the Lough was the soundtrack to much of my revision. At that time, the Boys were a four-piece band, featuring Irishman Cathal McConnell and Northumbrian brothers, Dave...

The SFO Returns to Nottingham

The SFO returned to Nottingham for a concert in the Royal Concert Hall on 09 April 2016. Orchestra members arrived from all over the UK by car, bus, train and plane. A novel feature of our promotion of the concert was the use of advertising space on East Midlands...