What's Happening in Kirkwall blog

Museums intern enjoys both worlds

Mirella Arcidiacono, an Italian born archaeology graduate, has been given the chance to get fantastic experience as an intern at both the Pier Arts Centre and at the Orkney Museum. She will split her time evenly between the island’s largest museum and its highest profile gallery.

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£10,000 per year savings with new cathedral lights

St Magnus Cathedral has made a dramatic cost cut in its annual budget by getting a lighting upgrade. New energy efficient LED lights have been installed both inside and outside the cathedral, replacing the old lamps which cost ten times more than the new bulbs. The new bulbs have a life expectancy of around 15 years while the old lamps were only expected to last for 2 years. The low cost lighting will also reduce maintenance costs.

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Top Brass Orkney pupils

Orkney’s young music scene is continuing to grow as three young brass players from the area have been chosen to join the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland. Trumpet player Matthew Anderson, who is a pupil at Kirkwall Grammar School, has been chosen for the fourth year in a row and he will be joined by Robert Norris on the French horn and Erina Brown on the trombone.

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Orkney Museum opens new exhibition

A new exhibition will be taking place at Orkney Museum to show Recent Drawings by Rik Hammond. The abstract collection of drawings is open to the interpretation of the viewers and aims to challenge people to use their imaginations. Rik is originally from Hastings in East Sussex and studied Fine Art at the Falmouth School of Art and Design in Cornwall. He moved to Orkney in 2004, having previously lived in Hartlepool in the north east of England.

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Epic climb film premieres in Hoy

There will be a glitzy premiere at Hoy Kirk for a new film about the stunning St John’s Head in Orkney. The film includes shots of beautiful local scenery that will take your breath away. Professional rock climber Dave MacLeod will also be at the event to talk about his adventure and free ascent of the famous Long Hope route on St John’s Head.

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