Guild Entries are up for 2018!


The Manx Music, Speech and Dance Festival, in association with the Dandara Group, will be celebrating its 126th anniversary during Guild week from 20th to 28th April at the Villa Marina and entries closed on Saturday 3rd February.

The Executive Committee of the Festival is extremely pleased to announce that entrant numbers are up for 2018, and are looking forward to yet another extremely successful week.

Chairman of the Guild, Sarah Kelly said “We are thrilled that we have more entrants once again this year, showing the enduring popularity of the Guild in the Manx music and drama calendar.  We are especially delighted that some of our more recently introduced classes have proved successful.  The Battle of the Bands is now becoming a traditionally exciting first evening at the Guild and we are over the moon that this year we have 18 local rock bands taking part.  It will be a fabulous night and adjudicator Paul Roberts, former frontman of the Stranglers, will really have his work cut out! “

“It is hugely encouraging to see such large numbers of competitors in our dance classes this year. We introduced dance just over three years ago and entries have been steady up until now. We are delighted there is a huge leap in the amount of dance entries for 2018 – the entries have more than doubled!   Our choir classes are as popular and busy as ever.”

“It is wonderful to see a rise in entries in most disciplines at the Guild, namely brass, dance, instrumental and vocal.  Taking part in the Guild seems to be fashionable once again and while some music festivals in England are now in decline, our festival is stronger than ever.  Every year adjudicators comment on the outstanding talent we have on the Isle of Man and we are looking forward to another exceptional year.”

Sarah continued “To see the Festival still growing with such a rosy future ahead is something the Island should be very proud of and there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy at the Villa during Guild week!”

The Guild will once again culminate in the Festival’s Finest showcase on the final evening, Saturday 28th April, highlighting some of the outstanding performances of the week, and will include the first performance by the 2018 Cleveland Medal winner, with Finals evening being held on the Friday night.  This year Finals evening will also include the very popular Vocal Ensemble class as well as the Cleveland Medal final, Vocal Duets final and Sheffield Plate children’s final.

A season ticket for the Manx Music Festival will be available from the end of March at a cost of £35 for all sessions during the week, with the exception of the Festival’s Finest showcase which will cost £10 admission.  General admission for sessions will be £4 and is free for under 18s.


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About the Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival

Also known as ‘The Guild’, the festival had its origins in the Isle of Man Fine Art and Industrial Guild and it was during the fifth annual exhibition, in December 1892, that choir competitions were held for the first time. They were organised by Miss M L Wood, who became known as ‘the mother of music in the Isle of Man’, and took place over just one day. The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival, as it now known, is held over nine days and features over 200 classes. The Festival attracted its first commercial sponsor, Dandara, in 2015. For more information, go to www.manxmusicfestival.org or www.facebook.com/ManxMusicFestival.

About Dandara

Established in 1988, Dandara specialises in the design and construction of innovative homes and commercial properties, which offer real value for money without compromising on design, durability or quality.

Over the last 27 years the Dandara Group has become one of the UK's leading independent property development companies, delivering a fully integrated design and build service from its headquarters in the Isle of Man and offices across the UK, completing more than 11,000 new homes and receiving more than 80 industry awards for design and quality.

To find out more about Dandara’s new communities and innovative commercial developments please visit: www.dandara.com or call 01624 693300.

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Congratulations to the winners of trophies for 2018. Please ensure that you return your trophy clean, engraved and in good condition to Peter Norris Music, Bucks Road, Douglas by Saturday, 30th March 2019. Thank you.


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