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TITLE
Fred MacAulay at the BBC (4 of 4)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_FREDMACAULAY_14
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Fred MacAulay
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1632
KEYWORDS
Outer Hebrides
broadcasting
audio

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Fred MacAulay was born in Sollas, North Uist, in 1925. Educated at Inverness Academy and Edinburgh University, he went on to become Senior Gaelic Producer of BBC Scotland in 1964, and Manager of BBC Highland in 1979. An active campaigner for the continuation of the Gaelic language, he was one of the most distinguished Gaels of his generation and made a lasting contribution to Gaelic culture. He died in Inverness in 2003, aged 78. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in 1983, Fred talks to Sam Marshall about his work at the BBC.

Interviewer: Did you feel that you were able to experiment more because it was a sort of, well, a new thing in a way? There were lots of things, lots of options open to you?

Yes, that, that, in fact, was one of the joys of, you know, the minority in this because, although we didn't have an awful lot of money, being such a small section, just two of us, your scope was enormous, you know? It was up to you. You could, you could actually do quite a lot of interesting things and that's exactly the sort of thing that I was doing. I still remember when I discovered that the Scottish Symphony Orchestra was available if one could make use of it, you see? And at this point Gaelic music was still being well, somewhat straight-jacketed, and I launched out on a series of orchestral programmes; singers accompanied by the strings of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and luckily, there is one commercial recording of one of these arrangements, and it's by the Eric Roberts String Orchestra. It's a thing called 'A Hebridean Suite' and it was arranged for one of these programmes by Frank Collins

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Fred MacAulay at the BBC (4 of 4)

1980s

Outer Hebrides; broadcasting; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Fred MacAulay

Fred MacAulay was born in Sollas, North Uist, in 1925. Educated at Inverness Academy and Edinburgh University, he went on to become Senior Gaelic Producer of BBC Scotland in 1964, and Manager of BBC Highland in 1979. An active campaigner for the continuation of the Gaelic language, he was one of the most distinguished Gaels of his generation and made a lasting contribution to Gaelic culture. He died in Inverness in 2003, aged 78. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in 1983, Fred talks to Sam Marshall about his work at the BBC.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Did you feel that you were able to experiment more because it was a sort of, well, a new thing in a way? There were lots of things, lots of options open to you?<br /> <br /> Yes, that, that, in fact, was one of the joys of, you know, the minority in this because, although we didn't have an awful lot of money, being such a small section, just two of us, your scope was enormous, you know? It was up to you. You could, you could actually do quite a lot of interesting things and that's exactly the sort of thing that I was doing. I still remember when I discovered that the Scottish Symphony Orchestra was available if one could make use of it, you see? And at this point Gaelic music was still being well, somewhat straight-jacketed, and I launched out on a series of orchestral programmes; singers accompanied by the strings of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and luckily, there is one commercial recording of one of these arrangements, and it's by the Eric Roberts String Orchestra. It's a thing called 'A Hebridean Suite' and it was arranged for one of these programmes by Frank Collins