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Manx Youth Orchestra tunes up for Christmas concert 17 November 2006

THE Manx Youth Orchestra is tuning up for its popular Christmas Festival Concert.

The concert takes place at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on Saturday, December 16, starting at 7.30pm.

Proceeds from the concert will be shared between the orchestra and the Alzheimer’s Society.

It will be sponsored for the third year by the Bank of Ireland.

The concert draws together the 200 musicians of the junior, intermediate and senior orchestras and the Manx Youth Guitar Ensemble.

The programme includes traditional Christmas carols for audience and orchestra and a variety of music for large groups and smaller ensembles.

Leader of the senior orchestra is Cristen Callow. Guest soloist is violinist Katie Stone, leader of the senior orchestra in 2002.

The senior orchestra will be directed by Graham Kirkland, Head of Music Service for the Department of Education.

Tickets, priced £8 (circle), £7 (tiered stalls) and £6 (stalls), go on sale to the public from the Villa Marina box office on Monday, November 27.

The concert attracts a large audience so early booking is recommended.

The senior orchestra was founded in the early 1970s. It meets on Saturday mornings during term time. Later, it expanded into junior and senior sections to cater for younger players. Its members are drawn from Island schools.

The senior orchestra has undertaken several major foreign tours and has commissioned music from leading composers. The Friends of the Manx Youth Orchestra, founded in 1972, raises money towards the purchase of instruments and equipment for the use of members and towards courses, tours and concerts.

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