A Grand Night in Glasgow (SFO DVD)

The SFO’s DVD – A Grand Night in Glasgow – Recorded September 2018.

One of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra’s annual Glasgow concerts took place at the iconic Royal Concert Hall on 15 September 2018.

A video recording of the concert has been released on DVD in September 2019.

Members of the orchestra had warmed up with an impromptu “pop-up” concert on the steps of the concert hall, before their rehearsal that afternoon.

This DVD captures some of the highlights from the SFO’s main evening concert and you can purchase a copy via this website.

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A new era in digital downloads for SFO music

Violin on its side with one F-hole visible

As we reported in December 2018, we have been going through the process of making the orchestra’s self-produced recordings available for digital download.

Historically, SFO recordings have been released through REL but – with the growth of digital downloads and online streaming – it has gradually become possible for us to consider releases which are more under our own control.

The two most recent SFO CDs are now available for purchase as downloads via iTunes or Amazon Music.

The flexibility of this format means you can either choose to download the whole album or you can select individual tracks, if you prefer. [Read more…]

Be part of and take home a little piece of the SFO (38 years of SFO recordings)

SFO Second Violin Section 2018

If you come to an SFO concert, you can’t miss our merchandise stall in the foyer.

You may have been in the audience at one of our live concert recordings before and, if you are coming to our Hogmanay Concert in the Usher Hall on 30 December 2018, we will be recording this concert live.

As half time approaches in the programme, you’ll get a gentle reminder from the compere that “CDs and DVDs are available”, and possibly how many shopping days there are left until Christmas.

It has also become an SFO tradition in ending a concert for Blair to see the orchestra off on a set of Swinging Reels, finishing with Caddam Woods. Beforehand, he explains that he’ll be in the foyer in a moment – to meet and greet the audience, and maybe sign a CD/DVD or two. [Read more…]

How wonderful it would be to be sitting in the audience!

Isle of Arran viewed from Fairlie Moor, near Largs, Ayrshire

The title is a comment from the SFO’s Facebook page.

It’s one of 431 comments under a video we put up of the orchestra and Davidson’s Mains Pipe Band playing The Sleeping Warrior at our concert in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, on 30 December 2017.

You can view the video here.

At the time of writing, the video has 41,000 views, 779 likes and 582 shares.

Composed by Mike Gill, the title refers to the outline of the Isle of Arran, viewed from the Ayrshire coast, which looks like a Warrior in profile. John Mason arranged the tune for orchestra, pipes and drums. [Read more…]