My friend says there's an old fiddle in the museum and i was wondering if i took along some sheet music, if i'd get to play it or not?
We think you may be referring to the "Gregg Fiddle" which belonged to William Gregg and was played during dance classes at the Bachelors Club, Tarbolton which were attended by Robert Burns.
This precious instrument was fully resorted by the National Trust for Scotland last year. Due to it age and value it's only played on special occasions by our appointed fiddler to the Bachelors Club. Until recently this was Wallace Galbraith, however he has recently handed the reins to Alistair McCulloch of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Unfortunately we would not be able to allow you to play this instrument on a visit to the Museum, although you would be able to see it on display most of the time. Presently it is New York with Alistair and being played at fundraising events for the Trust, it will be back on display later in April.
Probably one of the daftest questions seen on TA
No, I'm sure you wouldn't. This was Robert's fiddle, and it's kept behind glass. I can't imagine any way that you would be allowed to play it.
If you possessed a priceless artefact, and a stranger asked you to play with it , would you allow it.......... well that's the answer.
Hi, I would call the Museum in advance to ask. Although I don't think they will allow you to play it.
The staff are wonderful - I am sure if you asked and explained what you'd love to do - they might be willing - especially if it was some of Rabbie's music - could be very special - maybe take along your own bow, wear gloves,,, treat with great care !!!
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