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Arts / More than 500 bairns to take part in youth music festival next week

The Bell's Brae Primary School at a previous festival. Photo: Davie Gardner

MONDAY marks the start of the Shetland Youth Music Festival, which will see primary children perform at the event for the since time since the Covid pandemic.

Performances will take place in Mareel from the Monday (18 March) through to Thursday 21 March.

Twenty five schools will take part in the festival with more than 500 students expected to perform throughout the week, starting at 9.30am on Monday and ending with the gala concert at 7pm on the Thursday night.

Monday will be filled with the sounds of performances from Bell’s Brae, Sound, Cunningsburgh, Hamnavoe, Brae and Whalsay pupils.

Tuesday will welcome performers from Nesting, Ollaberry, Lunnasting, Burravoe, Baltasound, Mossbank, North Roe, Mid Yell and Cullivoe, while on Wednesday the audience will be entertained by musicians from Scalloway, Aith, Happy Hansel, Skeld and Sandness.

The performances will take place during morning sessions between 9.30am to 12.30pm, as well as two shorter afternoon sessions starting at 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Evening events will take place between 7pm to 10pm.

The Shetland Youth Music Festival will incorporate the junior and senior young musician of the year competition. This event will showcase the excellence and talent of some of Shetland’s young musicians.

The adjudicator for the occasion will be Lynn Proctor, head of instrumental services in Orkney.

Everyone is welcome to come along and watch the performances.

Admission is free for all performances taking place during the day, as well as Monday and Tuesday night.

However the young musician of the year event taking place on Wednesday night, and the gala concert on Thursday night are ticketed.

Tickets are available from the Shetland Arts box office.

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