The Manx Music, Speech and Dance Festival will enjoy its 125th anniversary in April.
Entries are now closed for this year's Guild.
Last year saw the successful introduction of new dance classes and next year, tap dance classes will be added to the programme alongside the modern and ballet classes. A country and national dancing class for adults is also planned. In the vocal classes, a new American Art Song class has been added by popular request and voices are to be permitted in the Music Making classes so competitors will be able to both sing and play.
In recognition of the growing popularity of tin whistles in schools, the familiar recorder classes are to be extended to include this instrument. Last year the piano classes were changed to reflect the grade level of the pianist, rather than their age; this proved to be a very popular development and will also applied to the string classes from 2017.
Sarah continued: ‘Some 4,000 competitors take part in the Guild each year and we hope that these changes will encourage new competitors to take that step to enter and take part. It’s great to see the Guild still growing after 125 years. Even though such an important anniversary is a time of reflection on the long and successful history of the festival, we are always looking ahead to the future, and we are very grateful to the continued sponsorship from Dandara Group’.
Dandara Group Marketing Director Joanna Orton added: ‘We’re very pleased to be supporting the festival again in 2017, particularly as it is celebrating such an historic anniversary. The committee is clearly taking great steps to ensure it continues to thrive and grow while maintaining the format and traditional classes that make it so special to our community.’
Countdown to Festival
Congratulations to the winners of trophies for 2016. Please ensure that you return your trophy clean, engraved and in good condition to Peter Norris Music, Bucks Road, Douglas by Saturday, 1st April 2017. Thank you.
Afﬁliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech