We wish to convey our thanks to the organisers of the Shetland Schools Music Festival and congratulate all the festival participants.
We were invited to adjudicate the Young Musician of the Year competition and were deeply impressed by the uniformly high level of performance. Performance at this level is only achieved through the hard work and dedication of the pupils, their teachers and their able and sympathetic accompanists.
Before judging the competition we were able to enjoy outstanding performances by primary classroom ensembles. In Shetland today you have a very high standard of musical achievement that enhances the life and culture of the islands.
In these uncertain times of financial belt-tightening, music provision can be a soft target. Please support and cherish this musical diversity, because any erosion in the scale and breadth the service will impact upon the pupils, and the musical life of the islands.
The Shetland Schools Music Festival and competition are a great showcase, celebrating the high standard of both group and solo music making, directly linked to high quality tuition. Please ensure it receives the support and resources it deserves.
David Griffith and Brian Jones
11 Papdale Crescent,