JAMES ALEXANDER & FRIENDS

Alexander’s skills and experience have been called upon to guide the flourishing of traditional culture and music in academic settings. He has an active role in the Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen University, was an advisor in the development of the University of the Highlands and Island’s groundbreaking new Applied Music Degree, and served as syllabus coordinator and adviser to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Traditional Graded Music Exam project.

In 1980, he set up the Fochabers Fiddlers. The group of around thirty five, all students of Milne’s High School, was created to encourage young musicians to play and take interest in their home traditions. A group like this certainly didn’t exist when he was attending the school years previously. His aim has certainly been successful. Now, twenty seven years later, the group have released five CDs, toured in Germany and America, as well as across the UK, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Indeed, at Speyfest this year members past and present filled the stage, representing an age difference of nearly 30 years.

“James has been and continues to be a huge inspiration and friend to all that know him. His dedication to music in young people is astounding. Everyone who knows James or has been taught by him has immense respect and admiration for all that he does. The Fochabers Fiddlers has encouraged hundreds of young people to play fiddle throughout his years of teaching and offered so many amazing opportunities. He has given generations of people the gift of music in their lives -it’s a gift that keeps on giving”.

DATE AND TIME

Fri 25 October 2019  19:30 – 22:00           Sat 26 October 2019 19:30 – 22:00

VENUE

Fochabers Public Institute 15 High Street Fochabers IV32 7EP

DATE AND TIME

Fri 25 October 2019 19:30 – 22:00
Sat 26 October 2019 19:30 – 22:00

VENUE

Fochabers Public Institute 15 High Street Fochabers IV32 7EP

Alexander’s skills and experience have been called upon to guide the flourishing of traditional culture and music in academic settings. He has an active role in the Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen University, was an advisor in the development of the University of the Highlands and Island’s groundbreaking new Applied Music Degree, and served as syllabus coordinator and adviser to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Traditional Graded Music Exam project.

In 1980, he set up the Fochabers Fiddlers. The group of around thirty five, all students of Milne’s High School, was created to encourage young musicians to play and take interest in their home traditions. A group like this certainly didn’t exist when he was attending the school years previously. His aim has certainly been successful. Now, twenty seven years later, the group have released five CDs, toured in Germany and America, as well as across the UK, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Indeed, at Speyfest this year members past and present filled the stage, representing an age difference of nearly 30 years.

“James has been and continues to be a huge inspiration and friend to all that know him. His dedication to music in young people is astounding. Everyone who knows James or has been taught by him has immense respect and admiration for all that he does. The Fochabers Fiddlers has encouraged hundreds of young people to play fiddle throughout his years of teaching and offered so many amazing opportunities. He has given generations of people the gift of music in their lives -it’s a gift that keeps on giving”.