On sale date for packages will be announced during January 2014.
Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ week long Fiddle School and celebration of traditional Shetland musical culture. An opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts.
Join us at our Fiddle Frenzy facebook page to keep up with news and announcements, and meet past visitors to the festival
FIDDLE Not surprisingly, the main focus of our music classes is the Shetland fiddle style. Our experienced tutors, all raised within the Shetland fiddle tradition teach traditional and contemporary Shetland tunes, and highlight the bowing and style techniques that create that distinctive Shetland sound. To cater for all abilities, we offer 4 classes: Advanced, Intermediate/Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner. We ask that students pick a class they feel would best suit their ability but don’t worry if you’re unsure – you are welcome to move class if you feel your chosen option is not the best fit for you.
GUITAR We also offer one mixed class ability guitar class, teaching accompaniment of traditional tunes.
FIDDLE FRENZY CREATIVE FRINGE Each year at Fiddle Frenzy, we recognise that groups and families often travel to Shetland for the Frenzy week, but that some members are not musicians and would still like to be immersed in the Frenzy experience. To cater for this, we have over the years developed a range of options in addition to music classes, to give everyone the opportunity to learn new skills and be part of the Frenzy. Shetland Arts is an Arts Development Agency closely intertwined with various cultural strands of Shetland life, providing support and assistants to artists. Our ‘Creative Frenzy Fringe’ offers a chance to meet and learn from some of our resident artists. There are options to branch off into your own area of interest each day and to get out and about and use Shetland’s landscape as your inspiration. Music students are welcome to take a break from classes and try something new too!
FIDDLE FRENZY TOURS We are keen that visitors to Shetland get the chance to head out and about to see the beautiful scenery of our islands. With over 100 islands, 17 of which are inhabited, there are plenty of options! Please note that tours run at the same time as afternoon music classes and are offered as an option to take a break from class and see the sights. Any activity across the week, including tours are included within the package prices for The Full Frenzy or Week of Classes. Visitors not signed up for Fiddle Frenzy who would like to take advantage of the tours can buy an individual ticket. Please note that availability is limited with priority to Fiddle Frenzy patrons and their guests.
SPECIAL PRE-FRENZY EVENTS For anyone in Shetland the week prior to Fiddle Frenzy, there are plenty of musical options to choose from.
JOIN US! We would be delighted to welcome you to Fiddle Frenzy, to take part in music classes, creative classes or simply to catch all the great shows and hang out in the Festival Club where informal sessions are inevitable! We host Fiddle Frenzy in Shetland Arts’ creative industries centre, Mareel, which sits on Lerwick’s waterfront. Our neighbour, Shetland Museum & Archives, will also host some classes across the week. The festival attracts all ages, and people from all over the world, from as far afield as USA and Australia. To get a feel for what goes on, and how much fun is had across the week, have a peek at images of past years at Fiddle Frenzy by clicking here. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a phone on 01595 743843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a glimpse of how the programme usually works, see our Student Booklet from Fiddle Frenzy 2013:
Please note that concession prices apply to those in full time education, and seniors. Please note package prices do not include travel to/from Shetland, or accommodation within Shetland. Daily flights to Shetland are available from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness with Flybe, or for those preferring to sail (which takes 12 hours!) contact Northlink Ferries. For information on accommodation options visit Promote Shetland online or phone them on 01595 989898. Due to a number of other large scale events taking place in Shetland around the time of Fiddle Frenzy, we recommend that once you have made the decision to join us, you confirm your travel and accommodation bookings as soon as possible thereafter.
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Join us at our Fiddle Frenzy facebook page to keep up with news and announcements, and meet past visitors to the festival.
- “I felt like I’d been made an honorary Shetlander for the week…I’ll definitely be back next year…”
- “One of the best events I’ve been to…”
- “…being taught by world class musicians was an honour. I feel inspired, empowered and really looking forward to next year’s Fiddle Frenzy 2011″
- “… the flexibility offered during Fiddle Frenzy activities was a real bonus – it’s an admirable asset…..”
- “…it more than met my expectations, the week was excellent…” (Students’ comments)
- “Definitely one of the best…” (Scottish Arts Council Artistic Evaluation 2008)