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Renzo Spiteri.

SHETLAND will be ringing with the sound of music over the coming weeks thanks to a series of creative workshops for youngsters taking place across the isles.

The free Sound Hub workshops will be open to anyone aged between 13 and 19 of all abilities.

The first one is taking place at the Walls Public Hall tomorrow (8 January) at 10.30am, and there will be other workshops in Bressay, Yell, Lerwick, Brae and Bigton.

They will be led by Shetland-based musicians Renzo Spiteri and Jenny Sturgeon.

Instruments will be provided but people are welcome to bring their own.

Workshop participants will be part of a “creative collective”, learning melodies and percussive beats to create and record a piece of music.

Percussionist Spiteri will lead the first part of the workshop, building simple percussive beats through the active contribution of workshop participants.

Jenny Sturgeon. Photo: Graeme MacDonald

Singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon will then lead the group in creating melodic elements that will combine with the rhythmic patterns created during the first session.

Spiteri and Sturgeon bring with them considerable experience and nous.

The former has been active on the international arts circuit for three decades, performing at major festivals and venues and educating at the likes of the China Conservatory of Music and Belfast’s Queen’s University.

Sturgeon meanwhile was recently longlisted for the coveted Scottish Album of the Year award and has ten year’s experience working in the music industry.

She is a regular tutor for Youth Music Initiative and has led the Shetland Songwriting Festival.

Participation in Sound Hub is free but enrolment is required via this link as each workshop is limited to ten places.

Sound Hub is supported by the Youth Arts initiative through Shetland Arts and Creative Scotland.

In order to follow government Covid guidance, masks need to be worn during the sessions, physical distancing will be adhered to and participants are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before meeting.

Each workshop is a standalone event, but participants are free to join more than one workshop.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

  • Saturday 8 January – Walls Public Hall, 10.30am
  • Sunday 9 January – Speldiburn Cafe, Bressay, 9.30am
  • Saturday 29 January – Mid Yell Public Hall, 10am
  • Sunday 30 January – Mareel, Lerwick, 11am
  • Saturday 5 February – Brae Youth Centre, 11am
  • Sunday 6 February – Bigton Community Hall, 11.30am