A fiddle for charity

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FIDDLE fans are gearing up for the the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, who are set to pull out all the stops to raise much-needed cash for a worthwhile cause at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The orchestra was founded in 1980 to promote the best of the Scottish tradition of massed orchestral fiddle playing.

Since, it has performed to the highest standards in the major concert halls of the UK including London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Overseas tours regularly attract capacity audiences, including Canada, Australia and most recently, China.

Its recordings have been sold in 70 countries worldwide.

 Scottish Fiddle Orchestra administrator Caroline Winn told Live: “One of the aims of the orchestra is to help raise funds for other charities.

“Over the years, we have made more than one million pounds for charity.

“The show will be hosted by popular compere Jim McColl MBE, from the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden, whose humour and endless supply of anecdotes fuels the concert to the amusement of audience and performers 

This year, the SFO has chosen to support Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, and they will receive the proceeds from a bucket collection at the end of Saturday’s concert.

CHAS is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

Volunteers from CHAS will attend the concert for free and assist with collection.

CHAS’s Glasgow based fundraiser Grace Wilson said “We’re so grateful to the orchestra for this opportunity to raise much needed funds for CHAS’s hospices at Robin House in Balloch and Rachel House in Kinross as well as our CHAS at Home service.

“Our volunteers work very hard for CHAS and it’s lovely to see them get the chance to attend such a fun evening with The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.”

 The orchestra, conducted by Blair Parham, will be joined by the 1st Troon Boys’ Brigade Pipe Band (Scottish, British and European World Champions in 2012) for a rousing performance of Highland Cathedral.

Tenor Jim Nicol, mezzo soprano Arlene Rolph and young dancers from the Myra Shuttleworth School of Dance in Castle Douglas will also entertain.

This fun-filled evening will appeal to all, whether a first time visitor to Scotland or a regular Scottish music enthusiast.

 Tickets are still available for a night of traditional Scottish music, song and dance this Saturday (September 14) — contact the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office on 0141 353 8000 or book online atwww.glasgowconcerthalls.com.