The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival or The Manx Music Festival, as it is more commonly known, or The Guild as it is known locally, had its origins in The Isle of Man Fine Art and Industrial Guild. It was during the fifth Annual Exhibition of this organisation, held in December 1892, that choir competitions were held for the first time.
These were organised by Miss M L Wood, who became known as “the Mother of Manx Music”, and took place over just one day. Competition was accepted as the motivation for improvement in many spheres. From this humble beginning the “Music Guild” developed.
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.
The Festival is run under the guidance of the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Our next Review of the Festival will take place on Friday, 21st June 2019 at 7.30pm at the Worship Centre, Trinity Church, Douglas. The next Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday, 22nd November 2019. All welcome. Call the Secretary for further details.
*originally named Isle of Man Fine Art
and Industrial Guild