Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

The Guild: 1,700 entries for Manx Music Festival

Mr Laurence Kermode wins at Manx festival Image copyright Manx Music Festival
Image caption Laurence Kermode won The Walter Kennaugh Memorial in 2014 at the age of 99

More than 1,700 people will compete in a 123-year-old music competition on the Isle of Man during the next nine days.

Known locally as "The Guild", the competition - which was first held in 1892 - has 176 classes in singing, music, speech and dance.

The climax will see solo finalists compete for the ultimate prize, the Cleveland Medal which was won by Mezzo Soprano Mandy Griffin in 2014.

A Guild spokeswoman said this year's entrants range in age from six to 100.

Laurence Kermode, who became the competition's oldest class winner last year at the age of 99, will also be defending his title.

Organisers said his recital of T.E. Brown's poem The School Master will "go down in history".

The competition will be held at the Villa Marina in Douglas and run until 2 May.

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