Musicians to entertain folk in care

People in care settings can look forward to a springtime treat when a group of professional music-lovers come to visit.

The musicians will take their live show to 10 venues throughout the isles and hope audience members will join in.

The tour, arranged by the charity Music in Hospitals, is designed as a “shared musical and social occasion” for people in long-term care or groups with disabilities. It will take place from Sunday 12th to Friday 17th April.

Armed with their guitars, indoor pipes, harmonicas, concertina, banjo, whistles, mandolin, mouth organ and percussion, musicians Derek Richardson, Davy McMartin and Charlie Gorman from the charity will be bringing a huge repertoire of music – and will encourage everyone to take part.

Their performances will take in all the isles’ care centres, as well as the Gilbert Bain Hospital and Anderson High School’s ASN department.

Chief executive of Music in Hospitals (MiH) Alison Frazer said: “We are delighted to be visiting Shetland again, this time to provide an extended tour of care units. We are also excited to be contributing to the vibrant music scene for which Shetland is renowned.”

The musicians’ visit is being supported by Total. Company spokeswoman, Sandra McLennan said: “We are thrilled to help bring music in hospitals to Shetland. As long-term supporters of the charity, we have seen on many occasions the power and positive impact the musicians have had on audiences.

“It’s good to know that Shetland will have the opportunity to experience this for themselves and embrace the personal warmth, musical talent and unique professional skills these musicians have to offer. Above all, we hope everyone enjoys the concerts and joins with us in wishing music in hospitals a successful tour.”


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