Professional judges in a friendly atmosphere  

Competitions are held every March 

      There are classes for all, from Pop to Classical and for all ages, from three to ninety three


We understand that some people with iPhones are experiencing problems downloading the syllabus and entry forms.  While we try to sort this problem out if you are having problems please send a message through the Contact Form marked for the attention of the webmaster saying which forms you require and we will e-mail them to you.


SGN (Southern Gas Networks) have very generously presented a specially commissioned oak shield to replace the original shield which was presented in 1925 by the Ryde Gaslight Company.  The shield was officially handed over to Barry Allen, Isle of Wight Music Dance and Drama Festival Chairman, by Phil Carter, SGN Business Performance Manager, at SGN’s Ryde depot.  In return the old Ryde Gasworks Company shield was given for display in the offices at the SGN Ryde depot.



This is a really magnificent oak shield well worth competing for so if you are in a junior church choir do think about entering.  The class will be held in All Saints’ Church, Ryde.



Barry Allen is seen holding the new SGN shield and Marilyn Hartley, a IWMDDF Fundraising and Marketing Officer, is holding the old Ryde Gaslight Company shield.

The Syllabus is now available here.  It is also available in the usual outlets listed in the information section.   You need to enter by 8th December.

You do not have to log in or register to enter, just go the syllabus, select the classes you wish to enter, fill in the entry form and send it off.  Currently you are not able to enter online.

Oops – we have discovered that somehow an error has made it into the Music Vocal Syllabus.  In the Girls & Boys Musical Theatre Song section: Class 531, Vocal Group, is incorrect.  Instead of two classes (531A and 531B) there should be three, 531A, 11ys and under, 531B, 14yrs and under and 531C, 18yrs and under.  The syllabus on the website has been updated.

Welcome to the website of the Isle of Wight Music Dance & Drama Festival (formerly the Isle of Wight Musical Competition Festival).

The Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival, a registered charity, aims to advance, promote and encourage and by means of the Competition Festival Movement in particular, the study and practice of the arts of Music, Dancing, Elocution, Literature and Acting. It provides a platform for amateur performance combined with an educational element from professional musicians, dancers and speakers and is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.

We extend a cordial invitation to everyone to join us whether as a Performer, Helper or Visitor and you are assured of a very warm welcome and the opportunity to share in some really top quality performances in Music, Speech, Drama and Dance. We celebrated 85 festivals in 2015.

Please look under the Information banner to find our rules, notes on performing at the Festival, Child Protection Policy or how to become a Patron or a Sponsor or a volunteer.

The Isle of Wight Music Dance & Drama Festival Committee is elected at the AGM held in June (this year, 2016, on the 18th at Garfield Church Committee room in Ryde at 5pm). All interested parties  are invited to the AGM.

We have a number of wonderful Stewards without whom the Festival simply would not run, but we always need more helpers so please consider being a steward.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival?  Please follow the link for more information. Easyfundraising

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