Strings for a Princess

The Princess Royal will be at the concert on Saturday.
The Princess Royal will be at the concert on Saturday.

HRH Princess Anne will be in the audience for a blockbuster Glasgow performance by the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra on Saturday (September 19).

The Princess, as patron of the SFO, will join the audience at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for a programme spanning everything from slow airs to”fast and furious” reels.

Her appearance will also aid the event’s support for an appeal to help children living in poverty across Scotland.

Performing with the orchestra are two of Scotland’s finest singers, mezzo-soprano Debra Stuart, and tenor James Nicol.

The programme also includes a virtuoso solo piper, dancers the Clark Sisters.

A spokesperson said: “The evening promises to be a real firecracker, and when you add the humour and anecdotes of compere Robert Lovie to the mix, you can be sure of a night to remember.”

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

Since then it has performed in the major concert halls of Scotland and the rest of the UK .

Overseas tours regularly attract capacity audiences, including Canada, Australia and most recently, China, and its recordings have been sold in 70 countries worldwide.

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra is a registered Scottish Charity and has raised over £1.5m for other charities.

It has 120 members, selected by audition, and is managed by its members, on a voluntary basis, and is funded from the proceeds of its events, while its sponsors are the elite Edradour Distillery and the W A Cargill Trust.

Saturday’s performance (starts 7.30pm) is conducted by Blair Parham, with compere Robert Lovie.

Tickets for what’s reckoned set to be a memorable concert are priced £12 to £21 (£5 for under 16’s) and are available from the Concert Hall box office on 0141 353 8000 or book online at www.glasgowconcerthalls.com