A Little About Us . . .
The Caledonian Orchestra of Nova Scotia was formed in 1993 and has evolved into a performance oriented group of musicians dedicated to the promotion of traditional Scottish music. Our Scottish Orchestra has a sound distinctive to the culture of Scotland following the musical compositions and style of William Marshall, Neil Gow, J. Scott Skinner and other composers of this time. The harmonies, timing and tempo all reflect a style of music, unique to a country where history was determined not only by events, but through a developed awareness of dance and song. Scottish music is unique and strives to capture the essence of its people and culture. The type of tunes we play and the use of instruments such as accordions and flutes help to establish and promote the true "Scottish Fiddle Orchestra Sound".
Peter Dunn - Director Diane Bezanson Sheila Cameron Duncan Fraser Jenny Gilmore Virginia Kinsman Tanya MacKay Robert MacNeil Sheila Mills Carol Robertson Ryan Ross Kristin Skibstud
The Caledonian Orchestra of Nova Scotia has had the privilege of performing with many talented vocalists, musicians and dancers. They have included the following:
Rita and Mary Rankin; Mary Jane Lamond; Ardith and Jennifer (Celtic Harpists); Majavi, Stephanie Turnbull (Celtic Dancer); Take Note; The Antigonish Gaelic Choir; Ted Rhodes (Tenor) with Margot Rumley; Helen Adams (Soprano) with Margot Rumley; The Thistle Scottish Dancers; The Scotia Country Dancers and John Ferguson. We have also provided the music for dinner and dancing at the Saint Andrew's Scottish Festival in Halifax. Most recently we played at The Festival of the Tartans in New Glasgow with local Scottish Dancers under the direction of Brenda MacKay.
Benefit concerts have been performed by the Orchestra with proceeds going to the Colchester and Pictou Food Banks; St. Luke's Church in Upper Tantallon; The Colchester Historical Museum; Pictou United Church and Camp Kidston.
Our current members are from Central and Northern Nova Scotia. We recently had a member join us from Southern New Brunswick. Truro is the location for our regular rehearsals which average twice monthly. We are always looking for new members so if you enjoy making music and having fun, please consider joining our orchestral family. For more information please contact us at email@example.com