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The Wrigley Sisters already maintain a well-established and internationally acclaimed reputation and can ably demonstrate an extensive understanding, knowledge and wide experience of local, national and international cultural communities. Indeed they are unquestionably two of a number of high profile cultural and creative arts ‘ambassadors’ to emanate from, or to be associated with, the islands over recent times and are clearly appreciated as such within their home community.


They originally started performing together as a formal duo in 1987 and since then have risen in international prominence. During this time they have recorded five acclaimed albums, undertaken three world tours, visited forty seven countries (including sixteen trans-Atlantic trips) and appeared in countless television and radio productions.


They have undertaken many musical and education related initiatives and collaborations, several with internationally renowned artists such as Evelyn Glennie.  In addition they have also undertaken and delivered extensive teaching and music  workshop initiatives throughout the world.


Over and above their international teaching demands, they have also tutored extensively at home in Orkney – a commitment and dedication shortly to ‘celebrate’ its 20th year.


The sisters were extensively involved in ‘Live Music Now’ – a tutorial initiative who’s patrons are Yehudi Menuhin and Prince Charles. Indeed Prince Charles himself was a member of the audience when the sisters appeared at London’s Barbican Centre in 1997 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Live Music Now’ initiative. The initiative is primarily aimed at positively impacting upon the lives of disadvantaged members of communities, including the disabled and the elderly among many others. Their work in this respect also took them to prisons, care homes and many other such establishments.


Over the years the sisters have won a number of national and international awards, with Jennifer Wrigley herself a past winner of the BBC Young Tradition Award, the UK’s premier accolade for emerging folk music talent.