Something for everyone at Guild

Emma Smith, nine, winner of the instrumental brass solo up to Year 6 class

Emma Smith, nine, winner of the instrumental brass solo up to Year 6 class

  • by Rebecca Richardson

The 122nd Manx Music Festival began on Friday and continues all this week.

Up to 2,000 people will take part in this year’s festival, affectionately known as The Guild.

The festival is a platform for talented folk to showcase their capabilities and through the festival’s competitive nature gain motivation for improvement.

The youngest competitor taking part is just five years old while the oldest was 99-year-old Laurence Kermode, who took part in the adult folk song class on Friday, at the Villa’s Promenade Suite.

The competitions are also being held in the Villa’s Royal Hall, while organ classes and vocal solo classes were held at St Thomas’ Church, Douglas, on Sunday. The climax of the festival happens on Saturday evening with the competition for the Cleveland Medal and competed for by the adult winners of six special solo classes held during festival week.

The final night also sees the test for the Sheffield Plate, where the winners of nine junior classes will compete.

Tickets for the festival are available from the Villa Marina box office. Each session is £3, while tickets for Thursday night, featuring the popular adults Songs from the Musicals, are £5.

Tickets for Saturday night are £10. R

esults from competitions are posted on the festival’s website




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