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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will play four concerts in Shetland.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will head to Shetland in June to play at events for young people.

AS COVID restrictions ease the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will visit Shetland this summer to hold events for secondary school pupils – as well as put on a concert for babies and toddlers.

As part of a wider national tour – the group’s first after an enforced two-year break – the orchestra will visit Shetland in mid-June.

The first event will be Big Ears, Little Ears – a short concert for “babies, toddlers and grown-ups to enjoy together”.

The 45-minute show will be held at the Brae Hall on Thursday 16 June at 10.30am, with the recommended age group 0-3.

This event was previously scheduled to take place in June 2020, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

On the following three days the orchestra will host a free creative music-making project open to all singers and instrumentalists of secondary school age who have been learning for at least a year.

There are no auditions and young people from all musical backgrounds and genres are welcome.

“Everyone works together as a big band and in smaller ensembles to try out ideas and create new pieces,” a spokesperson for the orchestra said.

“We work without written notation to develop composition, improvisation and performance skills, build confidence, and have fun making music.”

These events will take place at the Anderson High School in Lerwick on 17 June from 4pm to 7pm, 18 June on 10am to 4pm and 19 June from 10am to 2pm.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra chief executive Gavin Reid said: “We’re excited to head off on our summer tour across Scotland once again, inviting music-lovers to join us in celebrating the power of music in connecting people, building communities, and bringing the nation together.

“We look forward to welcoming audiences to share in the joy of live music-making, both in the concert hall and beyond.”