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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Founded 1935.

GARDEN, Mary (1874-1967) Opera Singer

Born Aberdeen, Scotland. An operatic soprano who had a highly successful career, particularly in France anf the United States.

Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

Established 1956.

Glasgow Senior Citizens Orchestra

Founded in 1963. It seems to be a unique orchestra in the UK, being the only such ensemble specifically for older musicians.

God Save The King/Queen

This is generally accepted as a British national anthem, however these days it is rarely used in Scotland because of a sixth verse which reads:

Lord grant that General Wade

May by your mighty aid

Victory Bring

May he sedition hush

And like a torrent rush

Rebellious Scots to crush

God save the Queen!

This dates back to the Jacobite era and makes it more of an English than British anthem. A new Scottish anthem is currently being sought.

GOW, Neil (1727-1807)

Born Inver, Perthshire, Scotland. He was the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century.

MACKENZIE, Sir Alexander Campbell KCVO. (1847-1935)

Born in Edinburgh, MacKenzie became one of Scotland’s finest composers, admired by many of the other major composers of the day. Edward Elgar considered him to be his mentor. He became principle of the Royal Academy of music in London and served in that post for 36 years. During that time he established the Associated Board exam in music, an international standard still sustained today.

PATERSON, Andrew “Banjo” Barton OBE (1864-1941)


Son of Lanarkshire born emigrant to Australia, Andrew Bogle Paterson.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO)

Established 1891.

Scots Wha Hae

This song represented Scotland in the “Songs of the Nations” section of the Scottish Student’s Song Book published in 1897.  The words were written and put to an earlier tune by Robert Burns. The tune is believed to have been played before the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 and Burns’ words represent his thoughts on Bruce’s speech to his troops before the battle. The tune was also used by the Scottish troops successfully supporting Joan of Arc when they entered Orleans together in 1429. The French army still use the tune today on ceremonial occasions. They call it Marche des soldats de Robert Bruce.

Scottish Composers


St Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Instruments

A £6.5 million project to create a world class museum of music will take place at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Named after the patron saint of music, and built in 1763, it is the oldest custom built music hall in Scotland and the third oldest in the world. It will be a centre of instrumental research as part of Edinburgh University and will hold its world famous collection of early musical instruments.

The College of Piping

Established in 1944, and based at Otago Street, Glasgow, Scotland. The College is the international centre of world piping, with more than 65 years of experience in teaching Scotland’s national instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipe.

The National Piping Centre

Housed in the Old Cowcaddens Church, at the north end of Hope Street in Glasgow. It exists to promote study of the music and history of the Great Highland Bagpipe.

The Really Terrible Orchestra (RTO) Edinburgh

Founded 1995 by Edinburgh based author Alexander McCall Smith and Businessman Peter Stevenson.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

Formed in 1930, it is the governing body, overseeing pipe band competition, promoting and encouraging the development of pipe band culture throughout the world. Since its inception it has been responsible for running the annual World Pipe Band Championships.

The World Pipe Band Championships

The Championships return to Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August 2013. The event has now been running fr over 100 years, and this year a record 225 bands from around the world will be competing.

THOMSON, James (1700-1748) Poet and Lyricist

Born at Ednam,Roxburghshire, Scotland. Wrote the lyrics for the patriotic song “Rule Britannia“.

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