Organisers of the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs have announced the dates of their Sixth Festival, which will take place from Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October 2019. From its inception in 2010 the Festival has quickly established itself and is now recognised as a serious, yet friendly, musical competition of stature and attracts choirs from around the UK and Ireland and wherever choral singing is enjoyed and celebrated.
The competition will be held in the Villa Marina situated on Douglas Promenade. The centrepiece is the Royal Hall, a state-of-the-art and spectacular auditorium that combines Edwardian grandeur and comfort with the latest sound and light system to create an amazing atmosphere. This venue is indeed a pride of the community and a phenomenal place to sing and perform.
The weekend will begin on the Friday evening with the popular ‘Welcome Evening’ where choristers can meet, eat, drink, sing and get to know each other before the competition begins.
Next year’s festival will see the return of our Ensemble Competition which will take place as a stand-alone competition prior to Sunday’s final. Each ensemble will be required to sing to contrasting pieces of no more than 10 minutes maximum.
NEW to the 2019 Festival will be an ‘Open Class’ which will form part of the main competition alongside the Male, Ladies and Mixed Voice Sections. The first two from each class will receive prizes of £500 and £200 respectively. Each choir will be called on to perform four contrasting pieces of their own choice, one of which will be unaccompanied. Winners of each class go through to the final, with the overall winning choir scooping an additional prize of £1,500 and the ‘Choir of the Festival’ trophy.
There will also be ample opportunity for choristers and supporters to have great fun exploring the Isle of Man taking in some of the glorious countryside, rugged coastline, attractions and historical sites.
Home to the Celts, Vikings and the oldest continuous parliament in the world, the Isle of Man is steeped in history and choirs can enjoy visiting the many Manx National Heritage sites dotted around the Island. 10,000 years of history presented as ‘The Story of Mann’ links medieval castles and ancient burial sites to a Viking longhouse and the largest water wheel in the world, Laxey Wheel, a model of Victorian engineering.
Geoff Corkish MBE MLC, Festival Director and Chorister said: ‘I am looking forward to personally welcoming choristers to the beautiful Isle of Man to enjoy the 2019 Festival of Choirs.
‘Although competition remains at the heart of the Festival, it is aimed at supporting and nurturing the continuance of choirs and choral groups. We also strive to include family and friends during the weekend to ensure that they too can enjoy the many unique aspects of our Island while others sing!’
Registration for the main festival if £35
Registration per ensemble entry is £20
- For more information please contact Laura Quinn: Laura@festivalofchoirs.im
- The closing date for entries is Friday 28th June 2019.