Sadly, the 2021 Guild has been cancelled. Here's to a brilliant 2022!  


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.

​Have your say!!

The Guild organisers are starting the planning for the 2022 Festival. This is the time to have your say about how we can come back even bigger and better after the break.
Do you think we should add (or delete) any classes? What about the prize money? How do you think we can build our audiences? Do we need new rules or should we get rid of some?
If you would like to make suggestions please send us a message and we'll do our best to incorporate them. All ideas will be given serious consideration. Email
Let's make sure we safeguard this precious festival which we love so much and take it on to new heights!


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, Sandra Loach by emailing 

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 three highest marked ladies and three highest marked men from across the special solo classes held during the week.

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


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.


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