The Edinburgh Highland Reels and Strathspey Society had a great advantage over many of the fiddle orchestras of the 1970’s and 1980’s as they had James Calder QC
as conductor and arranger – who set the Scottish melodies to orchestral parts.
I joined them in 1969 as their then youngest member and had many great concerts in the various Scottish concert halls such as the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Caird hall in Dundee and the Albert hall in Perth.
Being of a young and impressionable age – I found myself totally carried away by James Calders orchestration of the famous song the Road to the Isles that sings of the journey to the far Cuillin Mountains of Skye through the rugged scenery and historical places of Scotlands west coast.
Not hearing that arrangement of the road to the Isles ever done again after his passing and passing the baton circa 1980’s I somewhat miss the power of the full orche…