Fiddle Frenzy Booking Opens

by Alastair Hamilton -

Packages for the annual Fiddle Frenzy, which offers a tempting blend of concerts, fiddle tuition and the chance to see Shetland, have gone on sale.

Indeed, if time doesn't allow a winter "recce" right now, and you're a fiddle enthusiast, a trip to Shetland from 2 – 9 August could be just the ticket. The packages went on sale on Monday 2 February.

The fiddle tutors for this year have also been confirmed and it's an outstanding roster. They are: Jenna and Bethany Reid (who are also curators of the festival), Claire White, Gemma Donald, Eunice Henderson, Jenny Keldie, Cathy Geldard, Kirsten Hendry, Alan Gifford and Andrew Gifford.

For those who don't wish to take part in music classes, there are, as usual, Creative Fringe classes, which offer a full programme of creative activities. These will be led by Amy Fisher and Ana Arnett; and if you simply want to hear some great fiddle music without attending any of the tuition on offer, tickets for the concerts are available to the general public.

Lisa Ward, speaking for Shetland Arts, said: “Fiddle Frenzy is a fantastic opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and evening concerts. The festival attracts all ages and people from all over the world, from as far afield as the USA, Canada and Australia, and demand for packages is always high. We recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.”

Two package options are offered: The Full Frenzy gives access to all classes, optional sight-seeing tours, and tickets to all evening concerts and events; the Half Frenzy includes access to all classes and optional sight-seeing tours.

Packages for Fiddle Frenzy cost £400/£300 (for the Full Frenzy) or £325/£250 (for the Half Frenzy). You can book over the phone on 01595 745 555, or online at shetlandboxoffice.org or mareel.org. There's more information at shetlandarts.org/fiddlefrenzy.

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