News round-up / Request for display boats, folk festival funding, choir seeks piano player

Boats on display at Hay's Dock during Shetland Boats Week 2019. Photo: Shetland Amenity Trust

THE ORGANISER of Shetland Boat Week is encouraging owners of traditional local boats to think about putting them on display at this year’s event in Lerwick.

The 2020 boat week will take place between 1 and 9 August.

Head of development at organisers Shetland Amenity Trust Davy Cooper said: “The boat display at Hay’s Dock is a key part of the event which showcases the wide array of Shetland traditional boats for people to admire and learn about. It always arouses great interest.”


If you have a boat you would be happy to have on display, get a form by emailing info@shetlandamenity.org, or pick one up from the Shetland Amenity Trust office at Garthspool.

Forms should be submitted to info@shetlandamenity.org by 30 April.

SHETLAND Folk Festival has received £21,000 in funding for its 40th anniversary event.

As previously reported, the festival has bagged cash from EventScotland through its national events programme.


The festival will take place across the isles from 30 April to 3 May.

Shetland Folk Festival publicity officer Louise Johnson said: “We are extremely grateful to EventScotland for their support of our 40th festival.

“We are delighted and proud to have reached this milestone and we are really excited to showcase our eclectic visiting artist line-up as well as the talents of our local artists who never fail to impress”.

SHETLAND Community Choir – formerly known as Shetland Choral Society – is on the lookout for a new piano accompanist to work with the group.

The group hopes to find someone for the role as soon as possible as preparations are well underway for its next concert at St Columba’s Church in Lerwick on 13 May.

A spokesperson for the choir said: “We’re looking for someone who is a good sight-reader, ideally with some experience of accompanying singers or musicians.

“This could be an excellent opportunity for a young person looking to gain more accompanying experience, or for someone who is new to Shetland and keen to get involved in community music. We’re open to all possibilities.”

Shetland Community Choir has weekly rehearsals on a Monday night at the Islesburgh in Room 12 from 7.15pm-9.15pm. Anyone interested should email eileenmair@btinternet.com or contact the group via their Facebook page.