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Mandy Griffin scoops fourth Cleveland Medal

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  • by Jackie Turley
 

Mandy Griffin was ‘thrilled’ to win her fourth Cleveland Medal.

She won the Manx Music Festival’s most prestigious prize as the Guild came to a close at the Villa Marina on Saturday night.

Mandy, of Douglas, was one of the six winners of special classes held during the week to compete for the Cleveland Medal.

Also competing were baritone John Qualtrough, of Cheltenham; soprano Jane Corkill, of Glen Vine; mezzo soprano Olivia Black, of Douglas; tenor Ernie Thorn, of Onchan; bass Graham Crowe, of Peel.

‘I am thrilled to have won the Cleveland Medal for the fourth time,’ Mandy said.

‘It was a really strong final and all the other singers sang brilliantly and so I must pay tribute to them.

‘I’d also like to say a big thank you to my accompanist Marilyn Cannell for her fantastic playing’

Mandy sang as a contralto in this year’s festival as the set piece from Bizet’s Carmen, the Seguidilla, is one of her favourites.

Her own choice piece was Sabbath Morning at Sea from Elgar’s Sea Pictures.

Anyone who missed the chance to see Mandy and Marilyn – or would like to see them again – can watch the pair in action at Kirk Michael Methodist Chapel at 2.30pm on Saturday as part of the Isle of Man Organists Association’s organ crawl. They will be performing one of the Cleveland night songs.

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Christian Cooper, a pupil of Broadway Theatre Company, saw off eight other young singers to win the Sheffield Plate.

Christian, who won the Sheffield Plate in 2012, will perform as a special guest with the Tenors Unlimited at the Villa Marina on Friday.

John and Alistair Qualtrough, of St Alban’s, won the Billown Rose Bowl in the Vocal Duets Final.

Saturday night also saw performances from the winners of the Songs from the Musicals classes – Paul Costain and Laura Piggott, as well as a recital by Cleveland Medal adjudicator, international mezzo soprano Maria Jagusz.

Prizes were presented by Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood.

 

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