The Elphinstone Fiddlers has been established and a part of the music department for around 20 years and offers musicians an ensemble that specialises in Traditional Scottish style music.
The ensemble aims to explore the boundaries of the traditional genre and bring it into the 21st century. They focus on mainly Scottish music but also explore Irish, Scandinavian and North American music - playing a range of traditional to more modern compositions.
We welcome a variety of instruments and singers. Previous sessions have included, violin, double bass, cello, concertina, accordion, bodhran, saxophone, clarinet, piano/keyboards, whistle, guitar, bagpipes and flute.
We work to put on at least 2/3 concerts each year as well as an annual residential where members are the given the opportunity to gather together for a few days to learn new music, techniques as well as other activities including a ceilidh so everyone in the ensemble can get to know each other better.
Never played traditional Scottish fiddle? That is okay! Many of our members have a wealth of experience playing fiddle that they would love to share with you.
“As a new member of Elphinstone Fiddlers, I have found that it is a great way to meet people throughout Aberdeen. I have had a chance to meet wonderful people outwith my course that share my interests. They are a wonderful group who are all passionate about playing traditional ceilidh music. The rehearsals are definitely a highlight of the week for all of us as well as the concerts. The concerts are varied and we get a chance to play anywhere and everywhere from Findhorn to the Botanic Gardens. If you have a love of traditional music and want to get involved, Elphinstone Fiddlers is a great place to start.” – Emma, First year Music student, Concertina.