Showcasing top brass at Villa Marina Arcade

Onchan Silver Band

Onchan Silver Band

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The annual Brass Band and Manx Music Season has returned, offering a series of free concerts showcasing Manx musicians and all of the island’s brass bands.

The popular feature hosted at the Villa Marina Arcade in Douglas, got underway on May 15 and will end on September 22, providing tourists and islanders four months of regular performances throughout the summer.

Concerts will take place every Sunday from 3pm and every Tuesday and Thursday from 8p.

The programme also includes a ‘special concert’ on Sunday, June 19, from Douglas Town Band that will feature principal trumpet for the Philharmonia Orchestra, Jason Evans.

Geoff Corkish, Arts Council chairman, said they are ‘very pleased’ to have Jason performing with the Douglas Town Band.

Speaking of the season, he said: ‘We have such a rich heritage of brass band music on the Isle of Man and the Arts Council is always proud to support that.

‘Similarly we are glad to include traditional Manx music in the programme.’

Concert Brass and Manx Youth Band kicked off the season that will also include bands such as Castletown Silver Band and Rushen Silver Band perform in June and July, respectively.

The varied programme also includes performances from the Manx Folk Dance Society, singer-songwriter Matt Creer and folk rock band Shoh Slaynt.

The series promises to offer something for everyone, and although all concerts are free to attend, performing artists may take a collection.

For more information and to view the full programme visit: www.iomarts.com

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