The Reel Coffeehouse and Bar are the tenth recipients of Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight Award. The “Limelight’s” are a monthly initiative (launched in October 2012) that recognises the outstanding contributions made by businesses and organisations who contribute, shape and influence the arts and cultural sector in Scotland today. The Reel provides an amazing resource of instrument tuition and performance opportunities in Kirkwall, Orkney and is run by two fantastic musicians – Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley.
We asked Hazel Wrigley of The Reel a few questions about the business.
The Reel Coffeehouse and Bar
What is your principle company activity?
Centre of Music
When and where did the company first start trading?
No 3 Castle Street, Kirkwall 2004
What made you want to work in Scottish culture?
Have always been part of it, being professional musicians since leaving school.
Can you tell us of any particular company highlights?
- BBC Live at The Reel
- No 1 on trip advisor
- Unsung heros of the year nominees
- Hosting St Magnus International Festival club and Orkney International Science Festival.
- Becoming the home to the long standing (65years) Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society, Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club (approaching 40years) and the (24 year old) Saturday Session.
- Orcadian Summer Concerts increasing awareness of quality local artists whilst raising over £6000 for small local charities.
What are your company’s plans for the future?
We hope to continue to put something back into the community of Orkney, Scotland.
How will you celebrate receiving Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight award?
With a huge Tune!
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