An award-winning musical quartet visited the island from Manchester to perform a series of concerts.
The Northern Trombone Quartet consists of four students from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), one of whom is Ross Marshall, who grew up in the island.
During the tour of the island they performed at venues including Ross’s former primary school, Kewaigue, where they performed in front of the school before running workshops for the older children.
They also performed atCastle View Nursing Home, in Peel, before a public concert at the Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin.
Audiences were treated to an eclectic range of music, including compositions from Bruckner and Beethoven, light-hearted tunes and jazz.
Ross, a final year student at the RNCM, said: ’Our concert series on the Isle of Man was a real success and we’re delighted with how well received our performances were. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the concerts.
’The island will always hold a special place in my heart and I jumped at the opportunity to come and perform as a quartet.
’It was amazing to show the other group members where I grew up and showcase some of the best island highlights.’
The Steam Packet Company helped with the cost of travel to and from the island.
Ross said: ’We would like to say a huge thank you the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for its support of our travel and making the concert series on the island a possibility.
’Also to the Isle of Man Arts Council which played an essential role in bringing us across.’
Steam Packet Company chief executive Mark Woodward said: ’The Northern Trombone Quartet is clearly a very talented group and we were pleased to support their trip to the island.
’It is great to see young people pursuing their dreams and the fact Ross was able to return to his hometown to perform to a local audience is wonderful.
’We wish them the very best of luck for the future.’