About the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra

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The SFO has around 100 playing members, aged from 18 to 80, with a wide range of vocations who come from all over Scotland and other areas of the UK.

The normal playing strength is 80 to 85 performers.

Members receive no payment for their performance other than reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses.

Entry to the orchestra is by audition. Vacancies arise from time to time and applications for audition can be made to our Secretary.

The orchestra is entirely managed on a voluntary basis.

It has no professional staff and receives no external funding or grants. It is financed from the proceeds of its concerts, recordings and donations.

The SFO is a registered charity with the aim of promoting the playing of orchestral Scottish fiddle music.

Since it was founded in 1980, the SFO has raised well over £1 million for numerous other charities.

The orchestra occasionally tours abroad, having done three tours in Canada, a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand and a highly successful trip to China over New Year 2012/2013. The SFO celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020, even though it was significantly affected by the pandemic. A planned tour to the North-Eastern Seaboard of the USA and the Canadian Maritimes in March/April 2020 had to be cancelled.

Keeping going through many socially-distanced and ‘pop-up’ concerts in the interim, the SFO has resumed its full annual concert schedule from 2022 onwards and is thrilled by the recognition of its Conductor and Musical Director, Blair Parham, in the 2024 New Year’s Honours list for services to Scottish Music.