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RESEARCH - Manx concert 1934

Tue, 29 Mar 2022

The Manx National Concert of 1934

by Maurice Powell

The January issue of KMJ contained an extract from the Radio Times showing details of a ‘Programme of Manx National Music’ presented by the London Manx Society and broadcast on 18th May 1927. Seven years later, in July 1934, another concert featuring Manx traditional music, albeit on an altogether larger scale, was broadcast from the Palace Coliseum in Douglas. Here is a brief account of what was hailed in the local newspapers as ‘a full-blooded Manx National Concert . . . and a great event’.

The concert, one of five events broadcast from different venues at that time, was organised by Charles Fox* at the invitation of the BBC and was broadcast on Sunday 1st July from ‘a crowded Palace Coliseum’.** The Isle of Man Examiner predicted that ‘. . . this concert will undoubtedly be the greatest Manx National Concert we have ever heard . . . a treat in store for those who tune in on the North Regional wave . . .’