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Community / Primary pupils to get chance to shine at schools’ music festival

THIS year’s Shetland schools’ music festival will take place in March, with entries now open.

This year the festival will feature primary pupils as the annual event alternates between primary and secondary pupils.

The event will take place at Mareel in Lerwick between 16 and 19 March, with people able to submit entries until 3 February.

Organisers hope that the festival will attract entries from individuals and groups from all over Shetland.

Anyone who would like an application form or further information is asked to contact noelle.henderson@shetland.gov.uk or 01595 744000. Alternatively they can look at the Shetland Schools’ Music Festival Facebook page.

The adjudicator this year will be Anne Macdonald, who was last in Shetland in 2017.

She was originally a violinist and she currently, as well as teaching, travels all over the world as a Trinity examiner.

Macdonald said: “I’m thrilled and excited to have been asked back and given the opportunity to hear all your multi-talented youngsters.

“I have incredible respect for the work that all your teachers do on the islands, not to forget the support from all of the parents. Shetland should be rightly proud of its musical culture. It is an example to the rest of Scotland.”

Adjudicated classes will take place during the day and evening throughout the week, with audiences able to come along for free.

The young musician of the year event will be held on Wednesday 18 March at 7pm. The week culminates the following day at 7pm with a gala concert featuring a variety of music.

Tickets for young musician of the year and the gala concert will be available in due course priced at £7/£5 from Mareel, www.shetlandarts.org or 01595 745500.

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