Shetland Arts announces concerts, film screenings, & educational activities in Mareel

Posted by on August 24th, 2012 3 Comments

Shetland Arts is absolutely delighted to announce that it is moving the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland’s Summer MusicFest concerts from Lerwick Town Hall into Mareel this Saturday and Sunday. Audiences will also be treated to a classical piano recital by Neil Georgeson in the venue on Thursday next week, and public film screenings and other events will open on Friday with the start of Screenplay and Wordplay. As well as all this, inductions for the new educational courses based in Mareel (delivered in conjunction with Shetland College UHI), including a BA in Applied Music, HNC and NC in Music, and a whole host of vocational and short courses, will begin early next week. Mareel’s Official Opening Season will begin in October this year.

Shetland Arts’ Director Gwilym Gibbons said: “The excellent NYJOS Summer MusicFest, which includes two showcase concerts on Saturday and Sunday (25 & 26 August), wasn’t programmed to take place in Mareel, but we are very pleased to be able to move it there to kick off the public’s first experiences of the building in style.”

Corinna Gregory, Jazz Ensembles Manager for NYJOS, said: “We’re delighted to be the opening act in Mareel and with the warm reception we’ve received in Shetland. We’re going to create a real buzz while we’re here!”

Shetland Arts’ Music Development Officer, Bryan Peterson is looking forward to the educational activities. He said: “We’re excited to start inducting students for courses in Mareel next week. The educational opportunities provided in Mareel are world-class and learning is embedded into all aspects of the venue’s operations. The NYJOS concerts are also a very fitting way to open the doors because several of the local members of NYJOS are actually students on the forthcoming courses.”

From Friday 31 August, Shetland Arts’ annual film and book festivals, Screenplay and Wordplay, will open in Mareel with an excellent selection of events and film screenings, and classical music lovers will also be in for a real treat the night before, Thursday 30 August, when Neil Georgeson performs a classical piano recital in the Main Auditorium.”

Neil Georgeson is originally from Shetland and now lives in London. He said: “For the recital in Mareel I have chosen the concept of Preludes to mark or reflect the beginning of a great new development in Shetland. I will be including Preludes by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninov, as well as sonatas by Mozart and Prokofiev.”

Shetland Arts would like to sincerely thank everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this point. The Mareel team has put in an astounding effort towards getting the building open and we are very grateful to everyone involved.

Tickets for these events are available from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh Community Centre, 01595 745 555,

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  • Leslie Lowes

    This marks the start of a whole new range of creative possibilities for Shetland and a creative hub for anyone who wants to take part in them, or just observe, listen to and enjoy them.

    Thank you to all the many people who have helped this development come about, not least the team at Shetland Arts, but also the people of vision who saw the possibilities right at the outset and went with them to get us here, now. You all did a brilliant job!.

  • Joyce Davies

    Wonderful news that this weekend brings a whole new and exciting chapter to the Arts in Shetland, a range of experiences for all tastes, for local talent and for guests to come and perform on the island in a first rate building with technology to be proud of – and a view to die for. Its been a long wait but I am sure it will have been worth waiting for, thanks to all involved in the initial idea, those involved in the finding of funding and those who built the building one step at a time. Lets hope the whole community now gets a chance to support the Mareel and make it a place locals love and tourists also get to enjoy. Well done Gwilymn and all the staff at Shetland Arts, breathe a little now and enjoy every moment of this first weekend, you deserve it and we thank all of you.

  • Chris Maginn

    Yippee! Wonderful news. You must have all worked your socks off to get going so quickly after so many frustrating hiccups. Very well done. What an achievement. Looking forward to a bright Mareel future of talented local and international arts event and projects. The world needs such vision and drive.
    p.s. I can do you a good deal in new socks.