Montreal QP – SFO Concert – 08 April 2020

For further details, please also refer to the main SFO North American Tour page HERE.

MONTREAL QP, 8th April 2020
Le Gesu, 7.30pm

Scotland’s leading Fiddle Orchestra presents…

…an exciting evening of music, song and dance, as part of its 40th Anniversary tour.

50 kilted musicians from Scotland will be joined on stage by the Montreal Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Lachlann Bisaillion.

Expect to find yourself clapping along to the jigs, dancing in the aisles, and perhaps enjoying some well-known songs. The orchestra is sure that you will be on your feet by the end of the performance – an evening to remember!

Tickets

Le Gesu (website link) – Tickets on sale via this link 

SFO on Tour

The SFO has toured across Canada twice previously, including events in Vancouver and the Island, Kelowna, Regina, and Toronto. It has also toured the major concert halls of Australia and New Zealand (including Sydney Opera House), and also modern concert halls in major provincial cities of China. At home, it plays in the principal venues of Scotland and England.

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra on stage in China during 2013 Tour
The SFO on stage during their 2013 Tour to China

The Orchestra is a registered charity.

Players of a wide range of ages come from all walks of life – united in their glorious and exciting music. Instruments include cellos, basses, accordions, flutes and percussion, as well as fiddles.

Conductor and Musical Director, Blair Parham, Mezzo-Soprano Colette Ruddy, Tenor Dennis Haggerty and soloist Yla Steven complete the line-up.

Recent video clips of the SFO:

A Tribute to J. Scott Skinner (edit)

Dancing in the aisles

The stirring sound of orchestra and pipe band together

Additional information

The tour as a whole:

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra North America Tour Poster 2020

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra’s Compliments to Quebec

“Scots rock and reel the night away”

“A full house…cheered and whistled like teenagers at a rock concert”

“This instrumental and vocal ensemble is every expatriate Scot’s dream event”

Perth, Australia

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra (SFO) will celebrate its 40th Anniversary as “tradition bearers” for Scottish music by touring the USA and Canada in 2020.

We will be playing at Le Gesu, Montreal QP on April 8th 2020.

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra on stage at Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 30 December 2018
The SFO on stage at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall – 30 December 2018

The SFO have been at the forefront of promoting and performing traditional Scottish music since 1980.

Formed by John Mason MBE, the SFO grew out of the mass Fiddlers Rallies in the 1970s which had become a feature of the Gaelic Mod and we are now recognised as “Scotland’s leading fiddle orchestra”.

We will bring 50 musicians, travelling from Boston to Montreal, playing 7 concerts over a 12-day period, performing programmes of Scottish traditional music.

The SFO will be joined on stage by the Montreal Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Lachlann Bisaillion, to perform our unique concert arrangements for orchestra and pipes.

Under the baton of conductor Blair Parham the orchestra will comprise fiddles, accordions, cellos, basses, flutes, piano and drums.

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra Wordmark

The SFO will be joined by acclaimed soloists

  • Yla Steven on fiddle,
  • mezzo-soprano, Colette Ruddy and
  • tenor, Denis Haggerty.

The SFO produce a unique sound playing traditional music – slow airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs and the songs of Scotland – and also perform unique, stirring concert arrangements for combined orchestra and pipe band.

SFO Concerts, Tours and Recordings

The SFO perform annually in Scotland’s major concert venues plus concerts in England and Ireland.

We do short summer tours outwith major venues. In the summer of 2018, our Northern Nights Tour took us to Moray, Orkney and Shetland. We tour internationally and have visited China, Australia, Canada and the USA, the last North American Tour being in 2008.

The SFO has broadcast and recorded extensively with over 30 CDs and DVDs being produced, our most recent DVD, “A Grand Night in Glasgow”, was released in September 2019. For more details see our Merchandise page on this website.

SFO Outreach

During our travels in North America we will be providing workshops for young musicians and hosting disability group members to rehearsals, widening access for people who find it difficult to attend formal concerts due to physical, mental or behavioural constraints. This initiative has proved hugely popular at our UK concert venues. For example, here is one of many messages we have received from Support Groups after our most recent concert in Edinburgh:

We had a wonderful time at the Orchestra’s rehearsal on Saturday.

To sum up the impact your music has on our members – by the end, Rose, who has very poor mobility and needs constant support to stand & walk, was dancing in front of her seat, while holding onto the back of the seats in front & behind. Amazing indeed.

Thank you for inviting us, organising our visit and allowing us to enjoy your music making. It really is a privilege.

Very best wishes,

Moira
On behalf of The Singing Groups and The Forget Me Notes.

The SFO has raised well over a million pounds sterling for partner charities from collections at concerts and impromptu performances.

The SFO will be Ambassadors for Scotland as we visit locations with strong ties of heritage to Scotland.

We aim to entertain, renew old acquaintances, forge new friendships and promote Scottish music, at a time when the international language of music can cut through some of the uncertainty of global politics.

Dennis Haggerty and Colette Ruddy lead the SFO in Auld Lang Syne
Singers Dennis Haggerty and Colette Ruddy lead the SFO in ‘Auld Lang Syne’

P.S. Please consider making a donation to the SFO’s Just Giving Appeal.