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Orchestra tickets selling well

An evening of beatifulo music awaits as the strings of the RSNO bring their sumptuous sound to St Columba's Church, in Lerwick - Photo: RSNO

TICKET sales for next month’s concerts and workshops by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are selling well, according to Shetland Arts.

The 70 member RSNO will be in Shetland between 2 and 5 March performing a series of concerts, hosting workshops and projects as part of their Out and About programme.

One highlight will be the first full symphony orchestra performance in Shetland for more than 20 years, which will feature the world premiere of Chris Stout’s Tingaholm especially commissioned by the RSNO.

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Concerts range in size from a solo violin recital at Busta House Hotel, on Saturday 3 March, to the full symphony orchestra at the Clickimin Centre, the following night.

Members of the RSNO together with local musicians will also travel to Shetland’s four extremities to perform concerts from Unst, Skerries, Foula and Fair Isle, all connected to each other via live video link, and also transmitted to the Garrison Theatre.

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The orchestra will also perform four informal Mini Monster Music concerts at four locations to bring the wonder of live music to a younger audience.

The RSNO’s Ellen Thomson said: “This project brings with it the usual RSNO ingredients, full orchestra concerts, inspirational music making for young people, tailor-made community workshops and small-scale performances as well as collaboration with some of Shetland’s finest musicians.”

Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons added: “It is very rare for a full symphony orchestra to commit to overcoming the enormous logistical challenge of getting to an island location like ours, let alone head out to our own outer isles of Fair Isle, Out Skerries, Foula and Unst.”

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The full programme is:

  • Friday 2 March: Outer Isles project, 7.30pm at Baltasound Junior High School, Skerries Junior High Schools, Fair Isle Primary school, Foula Primary school; and Garrison Theatre, Lerwick;

  • Saturday 3 March: Mini Monster Music, 10.30am at Clickimin Centre, Lerwick, and Brae High School, and  at 3pm at the Mid Yell Hall and Sandwick Junior High School;

  • Saturday 3 March, 2.30pm, Busta House Recital: Paul Medd performs a solo recital in the Long Room of the hotel;

  • Saturday 3 March, 3pm, Bigton Brass Concert: a quintet of RSNO brass players play an action packed concert in the Bigton Hall;

  • Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm, Big Kirk Chamber Concert: Music by Mozart, Elgar and Grieg;

  • Sunday 4 March, 7.30pm, The Sunday Symphony, Clickimin Centre: David Danzmayr conducts the full orchestra. Music by Britten and Sibelius, plus world premiere of Chris Stout’s Tingaholm;

  • Monday 5 March, 10.30am, Schools concert, also in the Clickimin.

Tickets are available online from www.shetlandboxoffice.org or by phoning 01595 745 555.

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