Welcome to the official home page of the Manx Music Festival (The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival to give it its full name) or “The Guild” as it is affectionately known on the Island. 




“Sing your socks off” with the Guild


Do you enjoy singing and would like to improve your standard and technique? Perhaps you sing in a choir, are new to solo singing, sing in the shows or just enjoy singing in the shower.

Either way, look no further. With just over a month to go until the deadline for entries to the Dandara-sponsored Manx Music, Speech and Dance Festival, a special workshop has been arranged.

 Internationally recognised performer, teacher and adjudicator Andrea Calladine will run the event, which will be held at the Manx Blind Welfare Society’s Corrin Court headquarters, Heywood Avenue, Onchan, on Sunday 20thJanuary.

Festival Secretary, Jacqueline Yates, said Birmingham Conservatoire-trained Andrea is much in demand for vocal master classes. ‘We are naturally excited that Andrea has taken time from her busy singing practice to travel to the Isle of Man. She has enjoyed such a varied career and brings a wealth of experience, a love of singing and a sense of humour. ‘First and foremost, the singing workshop for adults will be enjoyable, provide general feedback, including advice on how to perform to an audience, and help would-be competitors in the Manx Music Festival learn more about what to expect.

‘This workshop has been made possible through the support of our festival sponsors Dandara for which we’re very grateful.’

The 2019 Festival (the 127th), otherwise known as the Guild, will be held from 27thApril - 4thMay 2019 at the Villa Marina and will showcase the best of Island talent.

There are upwards of 200 classes held during Guild week covering all forms of music, both vocal and instrumental, solo and group, plus a growing dance section and the ever-popular drama competitions.

To sign up to the adult singing workshop (to which you need to bring along two songs of your choice), you should contact the Festival Secretary on 672150 or 422477 or email manxguild@gmail.com by Monday 14thJanuary.

The cost is £12 per person and will include two entries to take part in Guild classes later this year.






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The Manx Music Festival is proud to have won the 2017 IOM Newpapers Award for Excellence in the Tynwald Mills Award for Teamwork.

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If you would like to come and help with the Festival and become part of our great team do get in touch  with the Festival Secretary, Jacqueline Yates on 422477 or email manxguild@gmail.com           

The Isle of Man has very strong musical traditions and since 1892, when it was formed, The Guild through its competitive nature, has provided motivation to improve, initially for choirs, followed by solo singing and later to a wide range of music, spoken word and dance. The climax of the Festival occurs with the competition for the Cleveland, Ohio (USA) Manx Society’s Gold Medal, donated annually by this organisation and competed for by the winners of six Special Solo classes held during the week.

The Festival is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals

The Guild is sponsored by Dandara Ltd. 


The Festival is held annually in April at the Villa Marina on Douglas promenade. To see the range and size of competitions check out our results section. 


Countdown to Festival

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27th April - 4th May 2019

Congratulations to the winners of trophies for 2018. Please ensure that you return your trophy clean, engraved and in good condition to Morrison Photos, 3 Tynwald Street, Douglas by Saturday, 30th March 2019. Thank you.


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