Breesha Maddrell was appointed Director of Culture Vannin in April 2014. Her role provides leadership for the officers of Culture Vannin and support and advice to the organisation's board. She works closely with other bodies, IOM Government agencies and members of the public to develop strategies and policies for the advancement of Manx culture and heritage, developing resources, products, events and opportunities. She is the first point of contact for grant applications.
Breesha joined the organisation in 2008 as Manx Music Development Officer after working for six years as a lecturer at the University of Liverpool's Centre for Manx Studies, with teaching and research interests of an interdisciplinary nature.
An active musician, singer and composer, Breesha has a BA in Music and Germanic Studies from the University of Sheffield, an MLitt in 20th Century German Literature and Society from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in sociolinguistics and Manx Studies from the University of Liverpool, her thesis looking at aspects of cultural revival in the Isle of Man. She started playing traditional music at school, learning Manx Gaelic on her return to the Island in 1996. She is an authority on key figures in Manx cultural revival such as Sophia Morrison and Mona Douglas.
Breesha plays flute and whistles and sings with various projects and groups including Caarjyn Cooidjagh, Moot and Skeeal. She has been a voluntary member of Yn Chruinnaght committee since 2007. Breesha served as a government appointed member of IOM Arts Council for eight years (two years as Vice Chairman) and currently serves on Bing Ymskealley Gaelgagh (Gaelic Broadcasting Committee).
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