About the AFO

The AFO is a collection of dedicated young people
who come together to keep alive the traditional music of Scotland

The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra was founded in August 1982 by Wallace and Lex Galbraith, both string instrument tutors in Ayrshire in South West Scotland, with the aim of encouraging and developing Scots Fiddle Music among local young musicians many of whom were, or had been their pupils.

The Orchestra has steadily matured since those early beginnings and now has 130 violinists, cellists, bass players and percussionists from 10 to 18 years old. Scots fiddler, and former member of the orchestra, David Moore is now Musical Director of the AFO.

AFO continues to engage, excite and enlighten about Scots music today




Our two main concerts of the year are held at Ayr Town Hall in June and December. The full Orchestra always performs to a sell-out crowd and the concerts are the best way for parents, friends and family to hear the development in the playing skill of their children.

International Tours

International Tours have become a regular feature of the Orchestra’s activities with the dual benefit of taking their particular brand of Fiddle playing to a wider audience and introducing the players to cultures and customs around the world

In the Community

Apart from two major concerts in Ayr at Christmas and midsummer, the Orchestra performs regularly throughout Ayrshire and the West of Scotland, giving Charity concerts and providing musical entertainment at a wide range of corporate and civic events.

Who's who

Afo was founded in 1982 by Wallace and Lex Galbraith, and keeps continuity with its founders thirty years on. Read more about who’s who in AFO

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