Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra has u3a buddies in shock

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Paisley & District u3a members will feast on music as guest speaker and conductor Robert Rocke participates in the group’s monthly discussions.

He explains how the Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra “is still going strong 132 years later”. It will show a 30 minute video featuring orchestral performances since the 1980s with a commentary describing the history of the orchestra.

It will be time to share some anecdotes and answer questions.

U3a President Kathy O’Donnell said, “Expect lots of hand and toe clapping as Robert Rocke introduces us to the sounds of music played by fiddlers of all ages. I am sure that the history of the development of this long-standing orchestra since 1888 will be fascinating.

“The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra recently started rehearsing live and performing together after 81 weeks of confinement and Zoom practices. Our u3a can enjoy some of their previous recordings, from Scottish jigs and polkas to strathspeys and waltzes. It promises to be a popular and lively event and a fun way to end the year.

Robert Rocke remarked: “Everyone remembers events enlivened by Scottish dance music. The orchestra aims to keep this music available to the public.

This free lecture on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. will take place at Salvation Army Hall at Mill Street in Paisley. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Details of local u3a activities and groups on: www.u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome.

Photo: Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra’s annual concert rehearsal before the lockdown Photo credit: Robert Rocke

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