The Nicolson Institute and the Department of Education, Sport & Children’s Services are delighted to announce that the public will be able to reserve tickets for The Nicolson Institute presents Dìleab – The Iolaire Remembered, from 9am on Monday 29th October 2018.
Tickets will be available to reserve online or by visiting the Town Hall, Stornoway, but will be kept to a maximum of four per person. Tickets will be free, although there will be a collection on the door on the evening to raise funds for the development of Gaelic and Cultural activities within the school.
The event, which will take place at 7:30pm on Friday the 14th of December 2018 at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais, is the culmination of the Dìleab project, which schools across the Western Isles have been engaged in during 2018. Pupils from The Nicolson Institute and a host of local musicians will mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy through music, drama, dance and song. A 15 strong group of singers, musicians and dancers will travel from Castlebay Community School to attend and they will be joined by Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band and a choir from Sir E Scott.
The event forms part of the Comhairle's engagement Year of the Young Person and is the Nicolson's opportunity to commemorate the Iolaire tragedy which will see its 100th anniversary on the 1st of January 2019. It is anticipated that there will be great demand for these tickets and the public are encouraged to place their order early to avoid disappointment.
Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee, said:
"It is fitting that our young people are given their chance to showcase their talent and remember the disaster which impacted so heavily on our communities and schools. Many of those performing will have direct links to those who were lost in the tragedy and it is important for our young people to understand our history. The line up on the evening will showcase the finest talent we have in our islands and will be a great evening of entertainment and reflection. Given the demand for tickets for the Iolaire Commemoration event on the 31st of December, we would encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment.”
Frances Murray, Rector of The Nicolson Institute added:
"It is so important that the current generation of pupils continue to be aware of the huge effect that the First World War in general and the Iolaire tragedy in particular had on the island. We are delighted that the many talented musicians in the school will be involved in this fitting commemoration of those lost."
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal will record the concert on the 14th and this will be broadcast as part of their series of programmes remembering the Iolaire tragedy.
Tickets for the event will be available to reserve from 9am on Monday 29th October via two methods:
At the Town Hall, Stornoway