An online competition will give young Manx musicians the chance to shine during what should’ve been TT fortnight.
This year the island’s young musicians have had to cope with numerous disappointments, as shows, concerts, competitions and exams have been cancelled or postponed. To bring some joy back, the organisers of the Manx Virtual Music Competition aim to give preschool and school age children something positive to work towards, and a chance to showcase the amazing talent that we have on the island.
Organiser, Dr. Laura Rowles, said: ‘As a music teacher I’ve found that many of my students have struggled to stay motivated this year, especially when they have prepared pieces for events that haven’t happened, due to all the current uncertainties.’
The competition focuses on vocal and instrumental performance, and includes solo, duet and ensemble classes. There are also specific classes for Manx instrumental music, and Gaelic singing. As students have been preparing pieces for many different events, they are allowed to choose whatever music they want in every class.
Entry forms can be found here. Entries are now open for all classes, with solo and duet entries needing to be submitted by May 3, with ensemble entries closing on May 17. The competitions will then run through TT week, with the preschool and Key Stage 1 age group being held on Monday June 7, followed by Key Stage 2 on Tuesday June 8, Key Stage 3 on Wednesday June 9 and Key Stage 4 on Thursday June 10. Entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and more info can be found here.
Competitors just have to submit a video of themselves performing, and once all of the entries have been submitted a montage video of the performances will be created for each class. These videos will be sent to external adjudicators, who will provide everyone with constructive criticism, and choose a winner and 2nd place for each class.
On the day of the competition there will be a schedule of when each class is happening, and the montage video will be posted on the MVMC YouTube channel and shared to the Facebook page at the scheduled time. After a short period, the adjudication will be posted, along with the videos of the winning entries. There will be cash prizes for each class and a trophy for the competitor who most impressed the adjudicator most in each key stage. All competitors will receive a certificate to thank them for entering.
Dr Rowles added: ‘After talking to other music teachers, we decided to put on an online competition, which we knew wouldn’t have to be cancelled. The response from teachers, students and parents so far has been fantastic.’