A message from Bill Cook’s family

Bill Cook - SFO Leader 1983 - 2019

Bill’s family have asked us to publish the following ‘thank you’ message from them on this website and we are delighted to do so:

The Cook family would like to thank most sincerely all who sent messages and letters from near and far following the sad loss of Bill. A special thank you to all who paid their last respects at the church and graveside and for the support from the members of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra whose music at the reception was an uplifting and fitting tribute to Bill.

We would also like to express our gratitude for donations given on the day which raised the fantastic amount of £1,158 and will be split between the Scottish Ambulance Service and Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

There is an article honouring Bill’s life and huge contribution to the SFO – and Scottish fiddle music, in general – here.

A fond appreciation of Bill Cook – SFO Leader and President

Bill Cook - SFO Leader and President

Bill Cook passed away suddenly on Saturday 05 October 2019.

Bill had been troubled with poor health recently but still managed to lead the orchestra with his customary flair at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 07 September 2019, shortly after his 80th birthday.

He will be a huge loss to the SFO and the traditional music scene in Scotland and will be sadly missed.

Bill was born in Alloa on 03 September 1939.

He was the eldest of three children, from a musical family, with his father being an accomplished violinist.

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The world’s largest ever fiddlers’ rally?

The Golden Fiddle Awards

Scottish traditions and culture feature in various ways in the Guinness World Records:

  • ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is one of the most frequently sung songs in English. Some of its words were written by Robert Burns himself.

The term “Fiddlers’ Rally” was coined in the early 1970s.

It was used to describe the public concert held during the annual Gaelic Mod for the competitors from the various fiddle societies from across Scotland. [Read more…]

It’s Bill and Aly!

Aly Bain being presented with a tune composed by Bill Cook of the SFO, Findhorn, 25 May 2016

The SFO’s Bill Cook caught up with Aly Bain at Phil and Aly’s Findhorn Concert on 25 May 2016.

Bill took the opportunity at half time to present Aly with a framed copy of Bill’s tune “The SFO’s Compliments to Aly Bain”, composed for the occasion of Aly’s 70th birthday.

Referring to the SFO’s recording of the tune on YouTube / Facebook, which he had seen, Aly said he was “over the moon” that we should think about him for his birthday and that there was a tune recording the occasion.

We would like to express our thanks to Universal Hall, Findhorn, for their permission in allowing us to use their photo of Bill and Aly – and the tune.

A Message from the SFO President, Bill Cook

Hello folks.

This is a quick update, following our AGM (05 April 2015), on what has been a very exciting year for the orchestra. [Read more…]

Bill Cook – SFO Leader and President

Bill Cook - SFO Leader and President

Born in Alloa on 3rd September 1939, Bill is the eldest of three children.

He comes from a musical family, with his father being an accomplished violinist.

His brother plays the guitar, his sister the piano, but it was to the violin that Bill was directed as a youngster, under the tutelage of his father, who was, at the time, the conductor of Stirling Strathspey & Reel Society.

This early association with Scottish music fuelled a passion within Bill which was to become a major influence in his life and was to take him all over the world. [Read more…]