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News round-up / Gemma to launch album, Times wins media award, police warning, Opera Highlights to return

Gemma Anderson. Photo: Ben Mullay

AN ALBUM created by a local singer and a cast of notable musicians to raise money for an arthritis charity is getting a full launch later this month.

Gemma Anderson’s album Life will be launched at the Lerwick Boating Club on Saturday 29 February at 3pm.

Anderson, who has rheumatoid arthritis, recorded the album to raise funds for national charity Versus Arthritis.

It features a stellar cast of local musicians, from Freda Leask, Jonathan Ritch and Arthur Nicholson to Jillian Mouat, Archer Kemp and John Robert Deyell.

Anderson and her friends will perform tracks from Life live at the launch event, with bar facilities and a raffle also on offer.


THERE was one local winner at this year’s Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

The Shetland Times picked up the newspaper of the year prize at the Inverness event on Friday evening by beating off competition from the Orcadian and the West Highland Free Press.

Shetland News’ Chris Cope and BBC Radio Shetland’s Daniel Bennett were both shortlisted for the feature writer award, but they lost out to Highland News and Media Ltd’s Val Sweeney.

The Shetland Times’ Ryan Nicolson was also nominated in the young journalist of the year section.


POLICE Scotland is advising motorists who passed through the South Nesting area between Friday and Saturday to check their vehicle tyres after receiving a report of old nails found in the single-track road.

A police spokesman said this had resulted in some punctures.


Jade Moffat, Zoe Drummond, Arthur Bruce and Andrew Irwin in Spring Opera Highlights. Photo: Julie Broadfoot

Opera Highlights will be back in Shetland as part of a Scotland-wide tour early next month when the show with four singers and a pianist takes to the stage at Mareel on 4 March.

Set in a garden, director Roxana Haines’ production features a playlist of operatic classics and must-hear rarities, curated by Scottish Opera’s head of music Derek Clark.

Pianist and musical director Michael Papadopoulos is joined by soprano Zoe Drummond, mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat, tenor Andrew Irwin and baritone Arthur Bruce for highlights including Delibes’ Flower Duet, Vaughan Williams’ Blue larkspur in a garden and many more from the likes of Mozart and Lehár.

Tickets are available from the Shetland Arts Box Office.