The festival – known as the Guild – gives hundreds of youngsters and adults the opportunity to show off their skills in singing, playing a range of musical instruments, public speaking and bible reading.
The climax of the festival will take place on Saturday evening when winners of six special solo classes, held during the week, will compete for the Cleveland Medal – the highest award in Manx singing – a gold disc which is traditionally given every year by the Manx Society of Cleveland, OH at the end of the Manx Music Festival.
The line-up for this year’s Cleveland Medal is:
Brothers John and Terry Qualtrough will be there along with contralto Jane Maine. All won their special voice classes yesterday. Simon Bampton won special tenor solo class. Olivia Black won the special soprano class and mezzo soprano winner was Mandy Griffin .