Mavis Kelly LRAM (1926-2005)
Musician and Teacher
Accomplished pianist and highly regarded teacher. Ran a children's choir, served on the Committee of the Manx Music Festival, and was the official accompanist for over 25 years.
Mavis Kelly gave her life to the pursuit of excellence in music in the Isle of Man, where she was born in 1926.
At the age of seventeen, Mavis began teaching piano from her home in Hillside Avenue. She taught music at a local school for some time, until full-time private tuition became her preferred method of teaching; she never retired. She guided many pupils through the ABRSM exams to a future career in music.
When Mavis was not busy teaching, she was involved in music-making throughout the Island. She formed her own choir for children, the Ushag Ving, whom she accompanied, conducted and directed. Some of the choirs to have benefited from her accompaniment include the Ramsey Male Voice Choir, the Cushag Choir, the Raven Singers, Northern Lights and the Lon Dhoo Male Voice Choir. Mavis also gave of her time and talent as organist to the Old Loch Parade Church, Douglas and the Christian Science Church, Douglas, and she regularly played for the hymn singing at the Ellan Vannin Old People’s Home.
The Manx Music Festival was a great part of Mavis’ life, for which she trained and encouraged musicians young and old. She served the Guild for twenty five years as an official accompanist and gave freely of her time as a steward and committee member. The Gaiety Theatre also benefited from her generosity as a Friend of the Gaiety.
Mavis Kelly was not only a talented musician and artist but also a personal inspiration to many people on the Isle of Man. Her work and dedication has ensured that her love of music will be passed on for many generations.
She imparted her great love of music to many