Sheean Prash

A Brief History

The origins of the group stem back to September 2004, when as manager of the Erin Arts Centre Juan Wright formed a brass quintet to perform at a number of arts centre events. The ensemble is made up of some of the island’s most experienced brass musicians and in the short time they have been together they have built up a diverse range of repertoire including popular classics and modern favourites. The group’s name is a Manx Gaelic expression aptly translating as Brass Sound. In July 2005 they undertook a successful tour of the South of France performing choral items with a visiting choir and a series of concerts around the Perpignan area.

In September 2005 the group became an independent musical ensemble on the Isle of Man performing at concerts, events and functions all over the Island. Each Christmas the quintet performs at Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre and Eden Park Garden Centre with a group of singers made up from the combined forces of the Douglas Choral Union and the Manx Gilbert & Sullivan Society, raising money for Age Concern and Victim Support on the Island. Like a number of local performers, Sheean Prash performed at the Peel Centenary Centre in March 2006 in aid of Manx Landmine Action. They were also performers in the 2006 Raise the Roof Concert at the Gaiety Theatre. In November 2007 they performed as part of the 'Dance the Night Away' Evening at the Glen Helen Inn to raise funds for the Western Live at Home Charity.

For seven years they have performed at Peel Cathedral in their summer concert series. In 2008 the quintet performed at St. Mark’s Village Fair winning the coveted Opener’s Choice Prize. Highlights in 2009 included them performing at the Villa Marina with well-known local singer Simon Fletcher as part of Essentially Dancing 2009. In July they gave a short concert at the Tynwald Day celebrations and then as part of the Manx Heritage Flower Festival 2009 at Old Kirk Braddan Church.

Christmas 2009 proved to be a busy time for Sheean Prash with them performing carols at Eden Park Garden Centre, Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre and at Shoprite's Douglas Stores. They also gave a joint concert with talented local choir 'Manx Voices' at the newly refurbished Villa Marina Arcade and performed for the Tynwald Carol Service at Trinity Methodist Church, Rosemount, Douglas. In January 2010 a Sheean Prash Facebook fan page was set up; to visit this page click here.

March 2010 saw the quintet performing once again at St. German's Cathedral, this time on the occasion of the official opening of the Anne Frank [+ you } Exhibition in the presence of His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks KCB and Lady Haddacks along with other distinguished guests. During the summer of 2010 the group made successful débuts at the St. Thomas's Church Concert Series and as part of the Port Erin Commissioners Concerts at St. Catherine's Church. October saw the quintet perform as part of a Celtic Connections Evening to raise funds for a group of Castle Rushen High School Students.

Christmas 2010 again saw the quintet undertake their usual festive engagements including performing in Castle Rushen as part of  the 'Tinseltown' Christmas Festival, the Tynwald Carol Service held this year at St. Mary of the Isle Church, Hill Street, Douglas and performing at Shoprite Stores.

During 2011 they have performed for a private function at Douglas Golf Club and played a themed concert programme of American Music at St. German's Cathedral and St. Thomas' Parish Church as part of both their summer concert series. They were also featured in a fundraising concert entitled 'Music for a Summer Evening' alongside the Lon Dhoo Male Voice Choir and the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra at All Saints Church. The quintet's summer engagements concluded with an invitation from Port Erin Commissioners to perform at St. Catherine's Church once again. Later in the year they performed a well received sing-along concert at the Philip Christian Centre in Peel for the town's pensioners and then at Malew Church for the induction service of the parish's new priest Paul Motherwell.

The quintet's Christmas events for 2011 got underway rather early with a Christmas Preview evening in October at Eden Park Garden and Lifestyle Centre in aid of Crossroads Caring for Carers. December saw the quintet perform a number of engagements at the Mailbox Lounge Bar and Grill. Sheean Prash also performed for shoppers in the Strand Shopping Centre as part of the Crossroads Christmas Market. A trio of Sheean Prash members were also very well received at B&Q's Store in Douglas. In addition to these engagements they undertook their usual seasonal appearance at the Tynwald Carol Service held on this occasion at St. George's Church in Douglas. Their final engagement of 2011 was a concert with Ramsey Choral Society at St. Paul's Church in Ramsey.

In 2012 the quintet performed an afternoon concert at the Strand Shopping Centre to assist local head teacher Adrian Shorthouse in his fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer's Society. During the Summer months they once again gave concerts at Peel Cathedral, St. Thomas's and at St. Catherine's Church performing a programme of audience's requests which was very positively received. Late July saw them performing in the grounds of Ballavagher House at a garden party in aid of Union Mills Methodist Chapel. The quintet's last Summer engagement of 2012 was performing a Lunch time Wurlitzer concert at the Villa Arcade with Cathedral organist Dr. Peter Litman and talented young singer Georgia Maddocks in aid of the St. German's Cathedral Foundation for Music and the Arts. Then in October they made a return visit to entertain the pensioners of Peel at the Philip Christian Centre performing a programme of British Music to great acclaim. December saw the quintet playing again for the Tynwald Carol Service which returned back to Trinity Methodist Church in Douglas.

In 2013 the quintet again returned to St. German's Cathedral to perform the opening concert of the summer concert series. On this occasion they shared the stage with the talented Manx Children's Choir to raise funds for the St. German's  Cathedral Arts and Music Foundation. They also made a welcome return visit to St. Catherine's Church as part of the Port Erin Commissioners' Summer Concert Series compered once again by the inimitable Ian Cottier of Manx Radio's Time for Brass. In October the quintet received a very exciting and prestigious invitation to take part in a broadcast for BBC's Songs of Praise at Peel Cathedral.

April 2015 once again saw the quintet perform at St Catherine's Church in Port Erin and then in June they were very fortunate to perform at a wedding service and afternoon reception in the fabulous setting of Bishopscourt Chapel in Kirk Michael. 

June 2016 saw a welcome return for the quintet to St German's Cathedral this time on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Lord of Mann) 90th Birthday Celebrations.

After an absence of almost three years the quintet is now back up and running with some exciting plans for the future and some new personnel. More details will follow about some exciting developments in the near future.