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Michael Graham, Musical Director
Originally from Glasgow, now Edinburgh-based but with family links to Falkirk, Michael Graham is the current musical director of the Falkirk Tryst Orchestra.
Previously, Michael has served as Musical Director of the Edinburgh University Sinfonia, Edinburgh University Composers’ Orchestra and the Edinburgh Society of Recorder Players. He has also worked with the Bathgate Concert Orchestra during their concert season and for community outreach projects.
Active in many musical fields, Michael also works as a composer and arranger, receiving several commissions for new works. His concert piece, A Parisian Sketchbook, was the official festival commission of the Scottish Recorder Festival 2016. Through his work with a new music ensemble, Composers Orchestra at the University of Edinburgh, he demonstrates his special interest in contemporary repertoire, fully embracing the challenge of workshopping new compositions. He is also active as a chamber musician and accompanist and writes as a music reviewer for the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Awards & Commissions
- Bristol Society of Recorder Players – 70th Anniversary Commission (2017)
- Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) Apprentice Conductor (2017 – 18)
- Scottish Recorder Festival 2016 Composition Commission: A Parisian Sketchbook (2016)
- Ian Pit-Watson Memorial Prize for conducting, Edinburgh University (2013)
In addition to our musical director, the orchestra is organised and managed by a committee of volunteers, who volunteer their time to ensure everyone has the opportunity to play and perform.
President - John Paterson
Treasurer - Wilma Boyd
Secretaries - Liz Wallis, Anna McGregor
Leader - Alistair Watson
Librarian - Tony Mitchell
Members at Large - Archie Smith, Morag Gent, Moira Grant
Bob Tait, Musical Director 2002-2017
The Tryst Orchestra was founded and formerly directed by Bob Tait, who is a very well known musician in Falkirk and other parts of Scotland.
Bob studied music at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He then became a Music teacher in Denny HS/Falkirk HS from 1964 – 1970 and then Principal Teacher of Music in Woodlands High, Falkirk(1970 – 76) and Larbert HS(1976 – 84). He joined the Music Advisory Service in Fife in 1984, ending up as Manager of the Music Service in Fife. Early retirement at time of Local Government reorganisation in 1996. Bob became the first Administrator of the National Youth Choir of Scotland in 1996 for 7 years.
He is the organist and Choir Master Falkirk Old & St Modan’s Parish Church from 1967 to the present day. He is also th co- founder of Classic Music Live!Falkirk and currently Chairman. Bob is also the founder and conductor of Falkirk Festival Chorus 1973 – present, founder and conductor of Falkirk Tryst Orchestra 2002 – present, past Chairman of Falkirk and District Arts & Civic Council and has been involved since 1974, director/trustee of Falkirk Community Trust 2012 - present.