Readers make music in China

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SCOTTISH music has been making its mark in China with a tour of nine New Year concerts in recent weeks.

David Lunt from Linlithgow and Chris Gowans from South Queensferry were two locals playing on the musical expedition with the Scottish Fiddle 
Orchestra (SFO).

David has played the flute in the SFO for the past 10 years and was one of the Chinese tour organisers.

He added: “I’ve now toured with the SFO in the top concert halls of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, as well as China, and have played with them in some of the best concert halls in the UK.

“It’s been a real privilege as an amateur musician to be able to perform to full houses in these prestigious venues.”

David and Chris, a member for 14 years, and a fiddler and stage 
manager for the SFO, joined the other 62 
players to entertain a total of 8000 
people in eight cities around Shanghai, supported by a £10,000 grant from 
CreativeScotland.

Chinese audiences enjoyed the 
Scottish music, clapping along and dancing in the aisles, and Chinese pieces, “Jasmine Flower”, “Purple Bamboo” arranged by Eddie McGuire, and “The Blooming Red Lily and Farewell to the Red Army Soldiers”. The SFO’s next concert is tomorrow (Saturday) at Perth Concert Hall.