News / Georgeson and Hayward to open classical season

Abby Hayward.

SHETLAND-born musicians Neil Georgeson and Abby Hayward will kick off Shetland Arts’ 2017/18 classical season with a concert in September.

The pianist and cellist will perform their In Our Homeland show at Mareel in Lerwick on 7 September.

On the programme will be new arrangements of Shetland music, as well as works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and Australia’s Peter Sculthorpe, who used indigenous melodies.

There will also be a piece devised by John Cage to mark the 200th anniversary of American independence, while Anton Webern and Estonia’s Arvo Part will also feature.

The concert will be rounded off by Sonata in E Minor by Johannes Brahms.

The programme of events for the classical season will include a solo performance by Neil alongside performances by Scottish Opera, the Edinburgh String Quartet, and brass ensemble The Wallace Collection.

Tickets for In Our Homeland are available now via Shetland Box Office.


Cards giving entry to all events at Shetland Arts’ upcoming Screenplay film festival, meanwhile, will go on sale on Friday.

The screencards, which will cost £100, will give guaranteed entry to all screenings and events if they are booked in advance.

They will also give film lovers priority booking before the public sale and it will enable access to the programme launch and Screenplay buffet and reception.

Screenplay will take place between 25 August and 3 September, with the programme due to be launched on 8 August.

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