Ronnie Gibson will be tutoring the new “Fiddle Orchestra” course at SC&T, on Monday nights.
In the video, Ronnie explains that he idea of an orchestra might seem at odds with everything else that SC&T does. He points to a perception that “orchestras” are quite snobbish institutions that play classical music and are defined by competitiveness – which isn’t really a part of what SC&T stands for.
There is a rich history in Scotland of fiddle orchestras.
Ronnie explains that that history stretches back to the 19th century. The (professional) Reel Players of Scotland (1856) are thought to have been among the first to perform Scottish dance music in concert halls. From 1869, the first amateur group was established in Dundee: the Dundee Scottish Musical Society. In 1881, the Edinburgh Highland Reel & Strathspey Society was formed. [Read more…]