The Guild Goes On! 


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.


It is with much regret that the organisers of the Manx Competitive Music Speech and Dance Festival cancelled this year's Festival. The restrictions of travel and gatherings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic made the Festival impossible. 

But we continued our unbroken record of festivals from 1892 to the present day by running our virtual festival The Guild Goes On! 

We'd like to thank our main sponsors Dandara and Celton Manx who sponsored The Guild Goes On!  

Last year’s winners are welcome to retain their trophies for a further year! We will need you to return them by the end of March 2021. 

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Anne Clarke


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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