Big Bree Workshop

Join The Big Bree Workshop Weekend!

Aged 10 - 18 and fancy trying something different? Then why not get your name down for the annual Big Bree Workshop taking place this weekend at the Youth Arts Centre in Kensington Road in Douglas.

Organised by Culture Vannin, young musicians and dancers from school years 6 - 13 will have an opportunity to spend the weekend learning Manx songs and dances, working on instrumental technique, creating a play and writing new tunes and songs. Employing expert tutors for all subjects, the two-day event will close with a special show for family and friends at the Youth Arts Centre.

Previous experience of Manx music, dance or the language is not required, although students are expected to be fairly competent on their chosen musical instrument.

All workshops cost just £10 for the entire weekend, but prior booking is essential.

Bree Big Workshop Weekend Poster 2015

Many students from these workshops have gone on to join the group known as Bree (Manx Gaelic - energy) which meets once a month and performs at informal sessions, public events, as well as busking at local charity events and workshops.

More experienced members now form part of the Bree Supergroup who perform regularly across the Island under the leadership of tutor Paul Rogers.

Further information from Dr Chloë Woolley (Manx Music Development Officer) - email or phone 695787.

Forms can be downloaded from

Valerie Caine
© November 2015

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)