Isle of Man Wind Orchestra Concert Sunday 24th September


The Isle of Man Wind Orchestra will be performing at the Villa Arcade on Sunday 24th September at 3pm in a concert supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

The Concert will mark the start of their 20th Anniversary season and to mark this event set out above is an early photo of the Orchestra performing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

The Concert will be preceded by an open rehearsal commencing at 10:30am at the Tower House on Castle Street Douglas and all musicians and old friends will be most welcome.

Michael Morrison, Chairman


Willow Lantern Concert with Isle of Man Wind Orchestra

There’s an invitation to start your festive season by taking part in the now-traditional willow lantern-making workshops held by Manx Arts Development

The popular workshops take place on 12/13 and 19/20 November from 10am to 4pm at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School, Westmoreland Road, Douglas.

The workshops are free to attend and fun for all the family. Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult. You can arrive as late as 2.30pm. The advice is: Come prepared to get messy.

Participants can take part in a lantern parade being held on Thursday 24 November as part of the Douglas Christmas lights switch-on.

Lantern-bearers will meet in Upper Nelson Street from 6.30pm and the parade will depart at 7.15pm, weaving its way through the town to the Villa Marina Arcade, where there will be refreshments and carols led by the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra.

Emma Callin, Arts Development Manager with Manx Arts Development, part of the Department of Education and Children, said:

‘The lantern workshops are always fun and a great event for all of the family to join in with. Making lanterns is very easy and there will be plenty of help on hand for newcomers.

‘The parade through Douglas is a lovely way to start the festive season and it is great to be part of Douglas Borough Council’s busy Christmas lights switch-on.’

To find out more, ring +44 1624 694598 or email