Conductor

Blair Parham

Blair Parham

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

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.

Although being highly influenced by music and particularly Scottish fiddle music, it was in science where Blair found his calling. 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. At this time Blair took his teacher training qualification and still currently teaches science.

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 Joint Musical Director of the orchestra; a role he thoroughly enjoys and feels honoured to have.

Blair also directs the high-octane fiddle group ‘Innovation‘ with Scottish Fiddler Alistair McCulloch.

His music has seen him perform all over the world: from small village halls in rural Scotland to The White House in Washington, D.C.; and from audiences in single figures to ones of over ten thousand. He has toured extensively in Europe and North America and has also performed in Australia, New Zealand and, more recently, China playing to more than 10,000 people on each of two separate tours there.

When it comes to performing and touring, there’s very little Blair hasn’t seen.