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Shetland Community Orchestra is delighted to announce that it has received funding from the Scotland’s Islands fund to enable the newly formed community group to organise a varied programme of classical music activities over the coming year.

The orchestra is planning concerts to take place in October 2011 and Spring 2012 featuring well-known guest soloists and high profile conductors, performing a varied and exciting repertoire of music. Rehearsals for the concerts are due to commence in August this year.

The Shetland Community Orchestra provides an opportunity for orchestral instrumentalists of any age.  No auditions are required and anyone who is of a standard of Grade 4 and above is very welcome to join.  Less experienced players will have the opportunity to develop their playing skills alongside professional and experienced amateur players.  The ethos of the orchestra is to unite people - both experienced and inexperienced - in the performance of great music.

Those who do not play instruments but who love listening to orchestral music can become a non-playing member.  Membership is a great way to support the orchestra and will entitle the member to concessionary tickets for each concert.

The next General Meeting of the Shetland Community Orchestra is to be held on Sunday 15 May 2011 at 2.30pm in the Islesburgh (Room 9), Lerwick. The meeting is open to the general public.

For further information or to enquire about becoming a member of the orchestra, please contact group Chairman Donald MacDonald on 01595 859172 or email donaldclanranald@tiscali.co.uk

Notes:

The project is supported by ‘Scotland’s Islands’ - a yearlong celebration of all that’s special about our people and their culture. Scotland’s Islands is a programme of events, exhibitions and conferences showcasing the opportunity, diversity and excitement of island life, running from April 2011 to April 2012 - www.scotlandsislands.com

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