2015 ends with exciting developments
26 NOVEMBER 2015
Hirda, an new opera sung in Shetland dialect, was premiered in Shetland, and much appreciated, before moving on to Edinburgh and Glasgow. It was a collaboration between Shetland fiddler and composer, Chris Stout, classical composer Gareth Williams, and librettist Sian Evans, and was directed by James Robert Carson. The opera company, NOISE (New Opera in Scotland Events), was set up in 2011.
5 DECEMBER 2015: An attractive new book for young bairns was launched: Da Ooricks, written by Ann Marie Anderson and illustrated by Jenny Duncan. It has proved very popular, and a follow-up is already being planned.
CHRISTMAS EVE 2015: On Radio Shetland, the Reverend Neil Brice presented a Festival of Nine lessons and Carols. The Biblical readings were given by Christian Tait and Bruce Eunson of Shetland ForWirds, who translated the texts into Shetland dialect. https://soundcloud.com/bbcradioshetland/shetland-festival-of-nine-lessons-and-carols-on-christmas-eve-2015