Conductor: Blair Parham

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Blair’s vast experience in music performance has seen him play throughout the country and across the world.

…Starting out on the Cello…

Originally a cellist from a very young age, Blair joined The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra at the age of ten and his love of fiddle music was established. In 1995 he joined The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, and since then has gone on to fill numerous roles within it.

…A Scientist and a Musician…

Although being highly influenced by music and particularly Scottish traditional music, it was in science where Blair’s early career focused. After leaving school, he studied for a degree in Genetics, followed by a postgraduate degree in Information Technology.

After his studies, Blair took a year out to work in Australia and Canada; on his return to Scottish shores in 2001, he was invited to take up the Assistant Musical Director role of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra.

…Ever-broadening horizons…

In 2002 Blair completed his teacher qualifications and taught biology and science to secondary school pupils for 15 years. In 2017 he embarked on a new career path seeing him form Scotia Arts Ltd, an arts and music events company, with an ever expanding portfolio of events including a Scottish music festival in China. In 2020 he founded the Scottish Music Academy, an online platform for learners of traditional and folk music. 2023 sees a new project for him as he has founded the Fresh Ayr Folk Fest, a weekend music festival in his native Ayrshire.

…The SFO and beyond…

In 2008 he was delighted to be asked to take up the baton of the SFO alongside John Mason MBE. When John Mason sadly passed away in 2011, Blair became Conductor and Music Director of the orchestra; a role he thoroughly enjoys and feels honoured to have. His music has seen him perform all over Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North America, including the White House, and to China playing to more than 10,000 people on each of two separate tours there.

He is honoured to be at the helm of this wonderful orchestra and relishes bringing down the baton at the beginning of every show.

…New Year’s Honours 2024…

We are delighted that, as reported by the BBC and others, Blair Parham, director of music and principal conductor of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, becomes an MBE for services to Scottish music.