Aberdeen based orchestras of fiddles and accordions that practice, perform and preserve traditional Scottish music.

Graham Reid awarded 2012 Lady Hilary Groves Prize

Linda Young presents the Lady Hilary Groves Prize certificate to Graham Reid

We are delighted that Graham Reid, our recently retired conductor, has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Lady Hilary Groves Prize for his contribution to music in the community.

The prize is awarded annually to an individual of a music group affiliated to Making Music.

Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music with over 3000 member groups. They established the annual Lady Hilary Groves Prize in 2000. The Lady Hilary Groves Prize is named after the wife of renowned conductor Sir Charles Groves. Both Sir Charles and Lady Hilary gave exceptional support to Making Music during their lifetimes.

Graham has been recognised for his 25 years of service as lead conductor of the Society, a position he recently stepped down from in May 2012 to rejoin the orchestra ranks as a fiddler. During his 25 concert seasons Graham Reid led about 750 orchestra rehearsals, clocking up well over 1000 hours of rehearsal time. This excludes additional preparation time involved in selecting and programming music for the concerts. 

The award judges noted "Graham has been the heart and soul of the Society and has been a fantastic cultural ambassador both for Scottish music and community music in Aberdeen. Due largely to his warmth and enthusiasm, he has encouraged members of all ages to join the Society and develop a love of Scottish music that has kept them playing both within the Society and beyond."

Linda Young the Vice Chair of Making Music presented the award certificate, signed by Making Music's patron the Duchess of Kent, at the Society's concert at the Lemon Tree on 19 May 2013.

Video of the presentation of the award at our Scottish Music Evening May 2013

Video of the announcement of the award at the Society's Fiddlers' Rally in November 2012

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