Fifty years up for Fiddlers’ Rally

The 50th anniversary of the Strathspey and Reel Society held their birthday concert in the Webster Theatre on Saturday evening. Pictured on stage with the musicians are Robert Lovie compere and Frank Robb conductor, right.
The 50th anniversary of the Strathspey and Reel Society held their birthday concert in the Webster Theatre on Saturday evening. Pictured on stage with the musicians are Robert Lovie compere and Frank Robb conductor, right.

THE FIDDLERS’ Rally celebrated their 50th anniversary on Saturday with a superb evening of music, songs and good humour in the Webster Memorial Theatre.

An almost capacity audience saw Robert Lovie, compere introduce the leader of the orchestra, Lindsay Downie and conductor Frank Robb before the rally was opened with ‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’.  

Guest artistes Wayne Robertson, accordionist, and Claire Telford, violinist, wowed the audience with their performances, each taking a turn to lead.

Rapturous applause was given to Claire for her hauntingly beautiful rendition of ‘Ashokan Farewell’.

The orchestra’s ‘Fiddle Group’, Frank Robb, Lindsay Downie and Kathryn Matthews all past champions of the Angus Strathspey and Reel Festivals gave outstanding performances, including a beautiful solo from Kathryn, composed by another member Sandy Ingram which was written for pianist, Joan Blue.  

A set of music featuring a March, Strathspey and Reel composed by another member, Gus Scott was also played by the orchestra.

Organisers of the show were thrilled with the concert and would like to extend thanks to the theatre staff and Fiona Dalziel and team, who helped selling raffle tickets and programmes.