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Shetland Arts is delighted to announce that there has been a huge amount of sign-up for classes at Fiddle Frenzy, running from 3-10 August. Now very close to capacity, the classes have been taken off sale via Shetland Box Office.

Shetland Arts’ Programming Coordinator, Lynda Anderson, said: “There are only a handful of spaces left so we’ve taken the classes off-sale via the Box Office. Anyone who would still like to sign up should contact me direct by emailing asap, and no later than 5pm on Friday 1 August, at which time all booking for classes at the festival will close.”

There have been 71 sign-ups for the ‘Full Frenzy,’ which provides access to all classes and all evening events, 6 sign-ups for the ‘Half Frenzy’ which provides access to the week of classes only, and 33 sign-ups for individual day packages, which provide access to one day of classes. Classes include tutoring in traditional fiddle pitched at varying levels of ability, plus guitar and creative art classes.

Sun 3 Aug_Jenna & Bethany
Sun 3 Aug_Jenna & Bethany

This translates to a total of 98 individuals now booked to take part in the week of classes and activities. This is made up of 12 people from Shetland and the rest travelling from elsewhere, with 9 from Australia, 37 from Scotland, 27 from England, 7 from USA, 1 from Canada, 2 from Germany, 2 from Spain, and 1 from Wales.

There are also sight-seeing tours available, which both students and members of the public can book to attend. 29 places on the tours have already been booked, the most popular being a trip to Mousa on Thursday 7 August. These tours are run for Shetland Arts on behalf of local company Unseen Shetland.

There will also be a lecture by Catriona Macdonald on Dr Tom Anderson and his music on Saturday 9 August from 1-2pm. This is free to attend for FF students but members of the general public can also book to attend via Shetland Box Office.

And with 7 evening concerts taking places across the week as well, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved in the festival.

Shetland Arts’ Marketing Officer, Lisa Ward, said: “It’s fantastic to see the classes at Fiddle Frenzy almost completely booked up, and with visitors travelling from all across the world to attend. Tickets for the evening concerts are also booking up quickly so we’re recommending that, if you want to attend any of the evening concerts, to book your tickets asap so you don’t miss out.”

The Festival Programme is available to view online here.

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