SHETLAND has been a “gift and an inspiration”. That was the résumé of Ellen Thomson, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s director for education following a hugely successful four day visit to the isles. Her view was echoed by guest conductor David Danzmayr when he addressed the 700-strong audience ahead of Sunday night’s symphony concert that featured works by Britten, Sibelius and Shetland’s very own Chris Stout.
On Sunday 4 March the Clickimin Centre played host to the highlight (or the main one – there were so many) of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s visit to Shetland this past weekend, the Sunday Symphony.
An immaculate, large white articulated truck is not the vehicle I usually see parked outside Da Muckle Kirk. Mind you it’s not a common occurrence for a full symphony orchestra to grace the shores of these peripheral isles.
THE ROYAL Scottish National Orchestra started their five day visit to Shetland with a big splash when eight musicians gave a surprise performance at Sumburgh Airport, on Friday afternoon.
Led by the RSNO’s principal timpani Martin Gibson, the eight musicians quickly had travellers and staff joining in.