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Singing for Japan

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LOVERS of song and opera can indulge their passion and support the relief effort in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami by attending a concert at Lerwick Town Hall on Thursday night.

From Brae student Warren Gillespie is returning to the islands to perform a collection of classical favourites with Scottish Opera’s “emerging artist” Marie Claire Breen and Japanese pianist Ayako Kanazawa.

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Gillespie moved to Brae aged five and left aged 18 for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before working with Scotland’s national opera company where he met his fellow performers. He is currently finishing his final year with the RSAMD.

“I’ve got such fond memories of growing up in Shetland and welcome the opportunity to put on this concert. It will also be a time to remember the terrible disaster in Japan and to do our own small bit to help,” he said.

The concert is being staged with the help of Shetland Arts, whose music development officer Bryan Peterson said: “It’s an opportunity not to be missed for local audiences to hear the rising stars of Scottish classical music.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 full price, £8 concession and free for students (booking recommended). Bookings can be made through Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555, online at www.shetlandboxoffice.org or tickets can be bought on the door.

There will be a collection for the Japanese disaster at the end of the concert.

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