Oops! Thank you to Jeni Law for pointing out that Priory School Junior Choir are Joint Third. The amended list is in order, below:
Carisbrooke Primary School – 93 – First
Niton Primary School – 88 – Joint Second
Ryde School Chamber Choir – 88 – Joint Second
Priory School Junior Choir – 86 – Joint Third 
Ryde School – Years 5 and 6 – 86 – Joint Third
Shalfleet C of E Primary School – 86 – Joint Third
The Federation of Newchurch and Nettlestone Primary Schools – 86 – Joint Third
Queensgate Primary School – 85
Ryde School – Years 3 and 4 – 85
Lanesend Primary School – 84
The Bay Primary School – 84
Wroxall Primary School – unfortunately had to withdraw

Apologies for the omission of Priory as Joint Third. We had two amazing mornings and a huge thank you to all who took part. We know it requires an enormous amount of time, effort and organisation on everyone’s part and hope that all the children, teachers and accompanists enjoyed the experience and will take part again next year



The Isle of Wight Music Dance and Drama Festival is a competition held every March with professional judges in a friendly atmosphere.  We have classes for everybody for three to ninety three.  There are around 400 classes attracting around 2000 entries. Our 2018 festival will be our 88th.  

This is the only competition of its type on the Island offering everybody who wants to enter the opportunity to perform a wide range of disciplines in a suitable environment in front of a supportive audience and receive feedback on their performance from a professional, internationally recognised, adjudicator. 



Firstly, I would like to say how honoured I am to have been elected as Chair of this amazing Festival and congratulations to Ellen Weeks who was elected Vice Chair. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Barry Allen, who has done a fantastic job as Chairman for over 10 years, I am pleased to say that he will continue to be involved with the Festival as Hon Vice President and also by accepting a place on both the Music and the Drama Committees. A big thanks to Oswald Hoskyns for taking over my role as Safeguarding Officer, I will of course continue in my role as joint Dance Co-ordinator

Also in 2017 the Festival was honoured to receive awards from Community Action, thank you to Janet our Secretary for all her work on our behalf. Thank you to all our Committee and volunteers for all the time they give up and the work that they do. We always welcome new volunteers – if you can spare any time, even if only for one session, please contact our Steward Co-ordinators through the contact form on this website.

In 2017 we offered the opportunity for Festival entrants to take part in a full day’s workshop with classes in Singing, Dancing and Acting in conjunction with the Mayflower Theatre. We had an excellent response and are looking forward to offering even more places this year, application forms will be at all the venues and also online. It was a really wonderful day. The team from the Mayflower worked hard with all the participants, allowing the non-singers to find their voice, the non-dancers to find their feet and the non-actors to act, as well as working with the more experienced in each field. We finished the day with a short performance from all participants. Well done to them all.

I’m sorry to report that Kathleen Ingram, a life-long supporter and previous Vice President of the Festival, passed away on March 20th 2017 at the age of 98.  She took part in the Festival in the very early days and entered as a competitor in several piano classes, and subsequently her own piano pupils won many trophies.   When she was well into her 80’s she accompanied her son Stephen in several of the Senior Vocal classes, both of them enjoying every minute of the competition!  Although latterly her health began to deteriorate, Kathleen continued to play the piano every day and to support the Festival by visiting many of her favourite classes, taking a keen interest in all the performers.  Even during the 2017 Festival when she was unable to attend, a friend recorded the results of the piano classes so that she could take them to Kathleen.  The Festival is grateful to Kathleen and her family for the gift of her very many past programmes and we now have an almost complete set from 1925 to the present day.

Welcome to the Programme for 2018. We look forward to welcoming both old and new friends



Christina Booth – Chair

 Christina Booth – Chair



At our Annual general meeting held last Saturday, the 17 June, Barry Allen stepped down as Chairman.  He had been Chairman for several years and has been involved with the Festival since his youth, firstly as a performer and then as a supporter undertaking several roles before becoming Chairman.     Our Vice Chair, Chrissy Booth, on behalf of the Executive Committee thanked Barry for all that he had done for the Festival over the years and presented him with a certificate recording his appointment as an honorary Life Vice President.  She also presented him with a gift of Shanklin Theatre vouchers.  Barry said that although he had retired from the role of chairman he intended to continue to play an active part in the running of the festival.

Chrissy Booth was unanimously voted to be the next Chair and Ellen Weeks was unanimously voted to become Vice Chair.











Community Action Awards 2017

On Friday 5th May 4 of us attended the Community Action Awards 2017 Ceremony at the Riverside Centre in Newport, having been entered into the top 3 finalists for an award in our category, Arts and Heritage, one of 8 categories eligible for the competition.  The aim is to encourage and reward the dedication within the voluntary sector, focusing on volunteering, local achievement and self-help.  We were delighted to win first place in our category and the cash award that came with it will be used to help with our aim of encouraging more groups and individuals with difficulties to take part in the Festival.   Once all the categories had received their awards an overall winner and runner-up was declared and to our surprise and amazement we heard that we were Overall Runner-Up!  The money we received will be used to help with the cost of our free Performance Workshops which we are currently organising to be held in September.

Thank you so much to Community Action, to Morris Crocker, Chartered Accountants for sponsoring our category and to Janet Coates, our secretary, for entering us in the first place!!  We feel very honoured to receive these awards amongst all the other dedicated volunteer organisations in the competition.


On Sunday a presentation was made at Appley Manor Hotel of the Special Awards for the Music and Speech & Drama sections. The Dance Special Awards are presented at the end of the last Dance session.  The certificates were presented by Gioia Minghella, the Festival president, and the cups by Barry Allen, the Festival chairman.

The picture is of some of the winners with their awards.



As this class was held in two parts on Thursday and Friday it was not possible to announce the marks and placings at the time.

In the order they performed.


Ryde Junior School Years 3 & 4 – 85

Holy Cross Mixed Choir – 87

Ryde Junior School Choir Years 5 & 6 – 85

Priory School Junior Choir – 88

Ryde Junior School Chamber Choir – 88

Carisbrooke Primary School – 85


Queensgate Foundation Primary School – 87

The Bay Primary School – 84

Nine Acres Primary School – 84

Greenmount Primary School – 84

Shalfleet Primary School – 89

Niton Primary School – 84


The winner – Shalfleet Primary School

Joint Second – Priory School Junior Choir and Ryde Junior School Chamber Choir

Joint Third place – Holy Cross Mixed Choir and Queensgate Foundation Primary School


The Newport Parish Shield will be presented to Shalfleet Primary School at the Special Awards event at Appley Manor Hotel on Sunday 2nd April at approximately 2 pm.

All Certificates and Adjudicator’s comments sheets will be sent directly to the schools.

Well done to all who took part, the Adjudicator was impressed with the standard.



 A competition held every March with professional judges in a friendly atmosphere.  We have classes for everybody for three to ninety three.  Entries close 8th December so you have missed entering the 2017 festival so why not just come along to watch in March to see what it is all about and possibly decide to enter next time.

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 86 festivals in 2016.

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, 2017, on Saturday the 17th 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.

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