A Glasgow woman says that music is her "life" after notching up over three decades of playing for a popular orchestra. 

Jullie Carrie, 48, first joined the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra when she was 15 and has since travelled the world playing in countries such as Canada and China. 

And the Jordanhill resident says that despite having experienced such stunning venues, none have captured the magic like the St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney.

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Glasgow Times: Julie, front centre, playing in the Orchestra Julie, front centre, playing in the Orchestra (Image: Julie Carrie)

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She said: "It has been a fantastic experience playing in the orchestra for the last 30-odd years.

"The people I have met are amazing and they are a great bunch who I have had the pleasure of going to some great places with.

"Some of the destinations that stick out to me are Canada and China, with the latter being really amazing but colder than I thought.

"However, none captured the magic like St Magnus Cathedral when we played in Orkney and the Shetlands.

"It was perfect and the way the music sounded was incredible."


Glasgow Times: Scottish Fiddle Orchestra playing at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Scottish Fiddle Orchestra playing at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Image: AB Cassidy Photography)

Julie, who works as a music teacher, feels she is lucky to be able to call her work her hobby and passion.

On top of having a job she describes as "amazing" she is also glad to have made many lifelong friends within the orchestra.

Founded in 1980 by John Mason in Aberdeen, the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra was designed to have musicians who would play together consistently and provide a series of concerts in the main Scottish cities.

The group now have a routine of six or seven destinations they play including The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

Julie added: "Music has been a large part of my life and the friendships that I have made with people is amazing to have.

"Growing up I always knew that music was for me as I played violin and piano as a little girl in school.

"Having the positive experience of being part of another orchestra when I used to stay in Kilmarnock was a big factor in knowing that the orchestra was for me

"There are no better group of people I would rather spend my time with."

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra are set to play their lively programme of traditional Scottish music at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, September 23.