Leader :: Tom Field    Conductor :: Maurice Powell  Patron:: Charles Guard

Family Gala Concert

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Villa Marina

Celebrating 100 years of orchestral playing on the Isle of Man

In aid of ManxSPCA

With Soloists


 Chris Sullivan


 Karen Elliott



Matthew Quinn

Royal Anthem & Manx National Anthem  

Overture The Thieving Magpie  

Concerto for Saxophone  

Soloist Chris Sullivan

Jewel song From Faust

Non Piu Andrai from The Marriage of Figaro

Pa, Pa, Pa from The Magic Flute

Soprano  Karen Elliott        Baritone Matthew Quinn

Entrance of the Montagues and Capulets

Les Miserables



Singin’ in the Rain

Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty

Sleigh Ride

La Calinda

Capriccio Espagnol

We decided this year to celebrate 100 years of orchestral playing on the Isle of Man with a Family Gala Concert. We chose a variety of music with the aim to entertain the family audience with some unexpected features. The concert was a great success. Below is our Musical Directors feedback to the orchestra.


Arr. Geoff Nicks












 Leroy Anderson


Capriccio Espagnol                                                                                                      Rimsky-Korsakov

The feedback from our Gala Centenary Concert was enormously encouraging. The general reaction seems to have been, that the orchestra has never sounded better, and that the programme pleased everyone.

I wonder how many orchestras anywhere in the World have ever received such acclaim?

We seem to have got everything right. The saxophone concerto and Chris’s playing was very well received, with many expressing the view that ‘I didn’t know a saxophone could sound like that!’ The opera extracts – and particularly Karen Elliott’s feathery costume, which was worthy of the great and extravagantly dressed Florrie Forde herself – were much enjoyed.

Charles Guard has received a wonderful warm and appreciative letter from Government House which echoes many of the sentiments expressed by members of the audience.

I was particularly pleased with the way we performed the Delius piece, accompanied the

operatic items and rose to the challenges of the Rimsky-Korsakov, all tests of musicianship which you passed with flying colours. The lighter pieces were all played with real style and communicated that sense of fun and pure enjoyment which is the essence of the repertoire.”


For more information about the islands history of orchestral playing you can purchase a copy of Maurice’s book Encore! Which is a fascinating read covering the orchestral playing from it’s beginnings in The First World War.