The syllabus for the 2022 Manx Music, Speech and Dance Festival has been officially launched.
Also known as the Guild, the event is always eagerly anticipated but more so than normal this time after being cancelled for successive years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Free copies of the syllabus, which details new and returning classes as well as requirements for competitors, are available in outlets Island wide – and online at www.manxmusicfestival.org - ahead of the closing date for entries (5th February 2022).
The Guild takes place from 23rd-30th April 2022, with the majority of classes based at the Villa Marina in Douglas.
Chairman of the Guild, Anne Clarke, said: ‘Like so many events. the Guild was hit by a global situation way beyond its control but, with such a rich history and being so beloved by the Manx people, it was inconceivable we would not rise again once possible, and all our focus is now fully on 2022.
‘We are grateful and proud of our association with long-term sponsors, Dandara, and that relationship has helped develop the event and help us move with the times as we look to introduce classes which appeal to 21st century competitors and audiences.
‘We look forward to seeing new faces and regular competitors attempting a fresh challenge next year.’
The 2022 Guild will see the first “Anything Goes” class, designed to be an uplifting night of pure entertainment with an ABBA theme. Another new introduction will be Mime.
Secretary Jacqueline Yates said: ‘Mime is a quaint, traditional form of art, which provides marvellous scope for unique interpretation and humour – and what’s more, for entrants, there are no words to try and remember!’
Stand-Up Comedy and News Reading, both incorporated in 2019, are once again included in the syllabus, while there will also be a new ‘Songs from the Musicals’ class for school years three to eight.
After two years without a Manx Music Festival, a recent concert at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre showcased some of the many local talents who regularly take part.
Produced by Stage Door Entertainment, ‘We’re Back’ was designed to celebrate teachers who have faithfully entered pupils over the years, spending hours nurturing their talent; many of whom have grown to be huge successes, putting the Isle of Man firmly on the theatrical map.