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Associate Principal Oboe Katy MacKintosh continues her collaboration with Shetland musicians this weekend, following Orchestra’s successful visit to Shetland last March

Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) Principal Oboe Katy MacKintosh will perform two concerts with acclaimed Shetland musicians Maurice Henderson and Margaret Scollay, as well as her father, pianist Graeme MacKintosh.

The concerts feature a mixture of Scottish traditional music, presented in a context of Scottish literature and inspired by the sea. What promises to be a vibrant and imaginative programme, it takes as its starting basis Scotland’s rich and diverse musical heritage, the first half consisting of works by James Scott Skinner and Niel Gow, played by the MacKintosh’s, and Margaret Scollay and Maurice Henderson will perform a selection of Shetland tunes. The second half will feature a newly-composed work, Spöndrift, written especially for the performances during Katherine’s return to Shetland.

RSNO Principal Oboe Katy MacKintosh: “It's great to be back in Shetland for my third visit. Margaret, Maurice and I had great fun on Unst last time, composing and performing new music, and I am very happy to have the opportunity of developing our musical relationship further.”

Katy’s visit to Shetland follows the RSNO’s critically-lauded week-long visit in March 2012. Its visit comprised of five days of rehearsals and performances, education and community activities, and workshops and masterclasses across the Islands. In the Year of Creative Scotland, Out and About in Shetland formed the most northerly element of Music Nation, the UK-wide weekend of music-making and what was the first nationwide countdown event to the London 2012 Festival.

The concerts are on Friday 14 September, 2012, 7.30pm at The Long Room in Busta House, Busta and Saturday 15 September, 2012, also at 7.30pm, at Boat Hall, Shetland Museum, Lerwick. Tickets are available from the Box Office - £8 or £5 for concessions, tel. 745555.

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