ethnomusicologist, musician & dancer


Cinzia Yates has been a Manx musician, dancer and occasional ceili caller for many years. Playing the whistle and Manx dancing from an early age, Cinzia is no stranger to the performance and teaching of Manx traditional music.

Not just a traditional musician, however, Cinzia studied classical music (Clarinet, Classical Singing and BMus) and then naturally branched out into Ethnomusicology with a specialism in Manx and Celtic music and dance

Cinzia is now working towards a PhD in Ethnomusicology with a focus on canon formation in Manx traditional music and performing regularly with Manx/Celtic duo Whistle in the Dark.

For any enquiries regarding Manx music and/or dance including previous works or proposals for potential research please feel free to contact her.


Present: Regular reviewer and contributor for Miniature Music Press Magazine, Cardiff (Voluntary)

Present: Associate Tutor/Lecturer for Cardiff University, School of Music

Present: Contract transcriptions of Manx traditional manuscript and printed music materials for Manx Heritage Foundation

2008 - 2009: Administrator/PA for record label ZilloRecords

Aug 2009: Isle of Man Pavilion Manager at Festival Interceltique Lorient for Manx Heritage Foundation

Aug 2009: Delegate for the Isle of Man to Festival Interceltique Lorient

Sept 2008: Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference (CarMAC) Conference Coordinator, School of Music, Cardiff University

April 2008: BFE Annual Conference Conference Coordinator, School of Music, Cardiff University

2005 to 2007: Director of Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival voluntary

Nov 2003 to Sept 2007: Manx Music Resource Coordinator for Manx Heritage Foundation, Isle of Man Government.

Responsibilities included administration, collation of material for and development of Manx Music Database, the production of reference and promotional material including leaflets, articles, internet based resources and conference contributions, the organization of workshops for both adult and young (Bree) Manx musicians and dancers, liaison with the Department of Tourism and Isle of Man Arts Council to promote the support of Manx events, support of undergraduate and graduate students of Manx music and dance, support of Manx festivals including Shennaghys Jiu inter-Celtic youth music festival and Cooish Gaelic language festival and Yn Chruinnaght inter-Celtic festival, teaching primary school teachers on the Cultural Coordinators programme and at insets and acting as a central information point for all enquiries with regard to Manx music and dance.


2008 - present University of Wales Cardiff PhD Ethnomusicology 'Canon formation in Manx Traditional Music.'

2004-2006 University of Liverpool Distinction, Master of Arts in Manx Studies. Final dissertation: ‘ ‘…while the others did some capers’: the Manx Traditional Dance revival 1929 to 1960’

2002-2003 University of Limerick Second Class Honours, Grade I, Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology. Final dissertation: ‘White Knight, White Elephant: A case study in traditional music teaching on the Isle of Man.’

1999-2002 University of Wales, Cardiff Second Class Honours, Grade I, Batchelor of Music Final year dissertation: ‘The Andreas Flute Book.’

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