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Project information


To create a performance from scratch in a weekend, using professional singing and performance trainers, with the aim of getting people together to make music and increasing skills in our community.

June 2011 - July 2011

Charity information: GlobalYell Ltd

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  • Need


    We live in the North Isles of Shetland and so there are a number of issues that we can help to solve through this project.
    Isolation and rural issues mean that there are few people in the isles, and we want families, young and older people to get together more through this project.
    There is sometimes a lack of access to arts activities and a lack of people with singing skills and we want to increase both.


    We want to help people develop skills and confidence in performance, learn how to put on staged performances, learn more about musical theatre and opera, and ultimately, create a small performance group of young people and adults to stage pieces in Shetland. We also want everyone to have fun and enjoy being together in a group, making something we can be proud of.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To learn, rehearse and perform a staged musical theatre piece in a weekend.


    » Learning and rehearsing the piece, working with a singing teacher and a choreographer.
    » Stage the performance in a local hall using volunteers to help set up and clear, serve food and drink, and collect donations.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...attracting performers and an audience who will give us a donation and leave us good feedback and evaluation forms!

  • Impact


    The project will help us to work with the local community to make this event a success; we would like to hold it annually and grow it every year.
    It will develop confidence and know-how, and we will see more events like it happening each year in the islands.
    It will bring people together and allow them to share a common goal, young and old alike.


    A risk is that trainers cannot get to Shetland through transport difficulties, illness, etc. We will plan to have alternative tutors if we need them, standing by to help. These tutors will be given music and the idea behind the performance prior to the event so that they can go straight into action if needed.
    We might not get enough people attending to allow us to hold the event. We will offer places prior to the event, keep numbers low and have a cutoff date so we know how many are attending


    We will use evaluation forms and collate these. We will also produce a video of the performance and send that on with the collated evaluations. We will speak to tutors, participants and audience, gather the information together and write it up for donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,330

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,180 Tutors expenses Transport, food and accommodation
      £1,400 Fees Tutor fees x2
      £750 Marketing Venue hires, advertising and admin.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Awards for All £3,828 Conditional
  • Background


    Unst on the Shetland Isles, UK


    The local community through access to an art event and performance, and by increasing the numbers of people visiting the islands.
    Visitors through the performance.
    Shetland through being associated with a national singing coach and choreographer.
    The local area through being part of creating something unique and interesting in performance and singing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We had a trial run last year with the singing tutor and it was a great success. We also have a number of years of experience working in arts administration and events management, and our aims of music appreciation and understanding mean that we have a remit to do this. We like to work with people to make things happen and affect where we live in positive ways, and this project will help us top get people singing more.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lin Marsh

    Lin is the singing trainer. Lin has Shetland family and is a National Singing Trainer for England. Lin writes the music and works with all ages.

    Wendy Cook

    Wendy is recommended by Lin as choreographer for this project. Lin has worked with Wendy for twenty years and the project will develop through this.

    Andy Ross

    Creative Director. Andy created GlobalYell, and, as an opera singer by training, he has a good insight into what makes a good performance and event.

    Jan Hardin

    Administrator. Jan has excellent skills in organising events and making sure they run properly. Jan will also provide the food and refreshments.

Our first ever IslandSongs event

Thanks Lin, we all had a ball! Something quite different from the traditions here, great for our children in particular to have wider experiences.

Joyce and Erraid