Tim Albery is standing on the shingle of Aldeburgh beach, bracing himself against the stiff north-easterly wind sweeping in from the sea. "It's like some terrible theatre exercise," says the director, scarf and cap pulled on tight. "'Class, try and feel what it would really be like to be in Peter Grimes.'" Albery is talking about the production of Benjamin Britten's opera that he's staging on this very shoreline: the ambitious (and potentially foolhardy) highlight of the Aldeburgh festival's celebration of the centenary of their founder's birth.
A contractor has been appointed to the second phase of work on the Lews Castle Museum and Archive Centre.
The Glasgow division of Graham Construction will convert the interior of the historic property and build a new extension.
The first phase of work ran into difficulty when contractor Patton went into administration.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar appointed local firm Neil MacKay and Co to complete the contract.
The former stately home in Stornoway, on Lewis, has been shut for almost 25 years.