22 members of the Society attended the brilliant concert and some are shown here.

The orchestra were led by conductor Blair Parham who recently suceeded Bill Cook who sadly died in October 2019.

Two soloists added to the orchestra music with a fine selection of Scottish songs to give us a great evening of music and song.

They were Colette Ruddy (from Dundee) and Dennis Haggerty (from Greenock).

During the evening the St Andrew Society was acknowledged for reaching its 125th anniversary, to much applause from the audience. In the foyer the Society was publicised through our new banners and leaflets were distributed highlighting what we do and some of the forthcoming events.

 

REVIEW BY ISHBEL WILLEY:

 

On Saturday 26 October 22 members of the Society had their spirits lifted at the York Barbican by the lively music of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra under the baton of their musical director Blair Parham, resplendent in his World Peace Tartan kilt. Blair is well known to those of us who enjoyed 20 years of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra concerts in Poppleton.
The programme was varied; catering for all tastes, traditional and more modern, even allowing a few dancers to take a twirl in a Waltz and a Gay Gordons on the floor in front of the stage.
The highlight for me was the beautiful slow duet in tribute to two much missed members of the orchestra, composed and played by the leader of the orchestra Yla Steven and Sarah Lynchehaun.
In addition to the sometimes soothing and sometimes rousing fiddle music, we were treated to pipe music from 14 year old SFO piper Catriona Norman and York’s` own City of York Pipe Band. The ever popular Highland Cathedral was especially well received.
Variety was certainly the order of the evening and we enjoyed the traditional Scottish songs provided by mezzo-soprano Collette Ruddy and tenor Dennis Haggerty who led us all in “Will ye no come back again”. An invitation we would all like to accept as we joined in Auld Lang Syne and faced the cold outside with the sounds ringing in our ears. We certainly hope the SFO comes back again to entertain us in York.
We are grateful to Jim Murison for organising our treat.
 

The scottish fiddle orchestra perform at york barbican