Fairness | October 2018

We were approached by Spanish-based organisation Fair Saturday to help launch Scotland’s first ever ‘St Andrew Fair Saturday’, supported by The Scottish Government.

This short one-day tour saw the orchestra give six performances in just one day in venues across Edinburgh. We revisited old friends at Social Bite Village and Edinburgh Airport, met new ones at Souper Saturday and Thistle Foundation, performed in our third Erskine Home, and finished with the concert at The Queen’s Hall alongside the Sociedad Coral de Bilbao.

A few days later, Nevis musicians performed at Edinburgh Airport and on the Edinburgh Trams as part of the launch.

Nevis is a ground-breaking musical and social enterprise that defies the conventions of orchestral performance. Its inclusivity can have a huge impact on the sector by engaging new audiences and showing them that live music exists and that it matters. Makes musicians into more empathetic, compassionate worldly citizens!

It grows you as a person as much as it transforms the audiences you play to. You become more open to new ideas and surroundings.’

YeYe Xu, violin

Fair Saturday exists to allow artists to support social organisations as a response against Black Friday, encouraging communities to come together, rather than seek out consumerism.

As such we gave performances for two homeless centres, a care home for older veterans, and at an event launching a community defibrillator in memory of a local man who had recently died of a heart attack. Not the kind of community spaces you would normally expect a full orchestra to be playing Bartók – and that is why we go.


27 October 20181000-1045Souper Saturday
27 October 20181130-1200Edinburgh Airport
27 October 20181300-1400Thistle Foundation 
27 October 20181500-1545Erskine Home 
27 October 20181700-1745Social Bite
27 October 20181930-2100Queen’s Hall
01 November 20181100-1200Edinburgh Trams
01 November 20181300-1330St Andrew Square 


Romanian DancesBéla Bartók
Symphony No. 7 (1st Movement)Ludwig van Beethoven
Let’s Face the Music and DanceIrving Berlin (arr. Rossum)
Songs of Scotlandtrad. arr. Gordon Cree
Children’s Corner SuiteClaude Debussy (arr. Caplet)
Da Scheck O’ Da SmaalieFiddlers Bid (arr. Nauta)
Symphony No. 45 ‘Farewell’ (4th Movement)Joseph Haydn
Scherzo, The LadiesCevanne Hopkins-Hopayian
Dancing QueenABBA (arr. Peter Keisjers) 
Symphony No. 4 (4th Movement)Felix Mendelssohn
Black Sun RotationNicholas Morrish
Agur Jaunak Jose di Olaizola
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)The Proclaimers (arr. Cree)
El agua de la vida Salsa Celtica (arr. Zwagerman)
Something in the AirThunderclap Newman (arr. Jon Hargreaves)
CaravanJuan Tizol (arr. Evers)
SuperflyTreacherous Orchestra (arr. Bouma)
Still, GlowingJudith Weir