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Paul Anderson

Symphony Way


Be the melody in the symphony of your life

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A symphony by fiddler Paul Anderson inspired by the Hielan' Ways circuit

Paul Anderson is a world-renowned fiddler, known for his ability to perform in a style true to his instrument and its traditions. He came back to work with us through 2013-14.

Paul comes from an Aberdeenshire farming family, growing up in Tarland at the edge of the Hielan' Ways area. Its landscape, people and history have been apart of his life since childhood. It is a landscape he is familiar with, at ease in; often walking, looking for inspiration. But the land has more to tell, more to offer than idyllic views and bucolic strolls. How can we reconnect, rexperience and explore the historic use of this land in which Paul walks?


Paul walked the Hielan' Ways routes near his home in Tarland, gathering resource material to write a symphony inspired by the working history of the area and its people, the drovers, shieling dwellers and farmers.  Paul says that he often walks and sits in the landscape, and it is these experiences that he wants the music to invoke in others.

Through a number of solitary walks in the Hielan' Ways circuit, Paul composed a number of tunes inspired by the culture, countryside and places of the walk. Together they form the symphony.

The symphony was first performed on the opening night of the Hielan' Ways symposium in Tomintoul.


In the tradition of many of Scotland's great fiddler's, Paul is a composer of some repute, having composed over 300 pieces in the Scots style.

His music provided the theme tune for the film "Red Rose" about the life of Robert Burns. Paul composed and recorded the theme music for the PBS television show, "Tartan TV" in the USA and in 2008 he was the musical director for HMT Aberdeen's critically acclaimed production of "Sunset Song" by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. 

In 2008 Paul performed at a private reception for Prince Charles at Fyvie Castle to celebrate Prince Charles' 60th birthday and in June 2010 he performed at an 80th birthday party in Edinburgh Castle for Sir Sean Connery at the request of the Scottish Government. In 2011 Paul performed at Scotland House in Brussels for members of the EU parliament and at a Burns Supper in the British Embassy.



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