This year we are using the Play&Perform system for entries. 

We are only using Play&Perform for the entries we intend having a live festival in the usual way.

The system is now live. For a guide on using the Play and Perform entry system please click here Play & Perform Guide.

To go to Register and log in please click here Play and Perform IWMDDF Entries

CHANGE IN THE SPEECH & DRAMA SYLLABUS – Unfortunately in Class 463, 16 – 18 years
Dialect Class, the wrong set piece was listed for which we apologise.  The correct set piece is Pick a Pocket or Two. The syllabus now gives the correct piece.

2022 SPEECH & DRAMA syllabus

CHANGE IN THE MUSIC SYLLABUS – Unfortunately a class for PIANO PRE-GRADE Own choice was missed out.  We have now added Class 710 J PIANO PRE-GRADE Own choice of 1 piece from Pre- Grade Piano Syllabus. Time limit 3 minutes – The syllabus now contains this class.

2022 MUSIC Syllabus

CHANGE IN THE DANCE SYLLABUS – Class 350 Adult Group – Any Discipline has been divided into 2 – Class 350A Classical, Class 350B Stage

The Dance section will be from Saturday the 12th March until Saturday the 19th March 2022

2022 DANCE Syllabus 

2022 Rules and Information


The festival will start on the 27th February 2022. 




Jenny Thornton  AGSM(Teaching),ALAM(Acting, Public Speaking), CertEd,CDE,LISTD(Dance)

Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining awards for Character Acting and Most Promising Teacher.

Jenny has led the Performing Arts Teams in a large comprehensive school, been an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, LAMDA examiner and now enjoys running her own Performance Centre with ages from 4 years to adults delivering drama, dance and musical theatre and also writing.

Her play called “Gone” gained a Commended when performed at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as did her most recent play “Young Love”. She was delighted when LAMDA chose two of her pieces for their new acting anthology.

Her most recent teaching experience is working in a state school as a peripatetic teacher as part of her “Outreach” programme extending the work of the Richmond Festival for which she is the secretary.

“Drama is a life skill that changed me from a stuttering introvert to a confident individual. We can give our children no better opportunity.”


Rebecca is a director, playwright and actor.

She trained initially as a journalist at Cardiff University – during which time she wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper – before moving to London to study as an actor with The Actors Company, and a teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 2014, Rebecca was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for her work in facilitating young actors and emerging production companies. She has founded Close Up Theatre (winner of the elite Sell-Out Status for fourteen years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Eleventh Hour Theatre and No Prophet Theatre and is actor-manager of Talking Shadows Theatre Company.

She has taught Speech & Drama for a range of educational clients for twenty years, and pupils have been offered training places at all the major UK acting schools, and worked for major production companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, RSC, NT and Working Title. She is an examiner for several awarding bodies, and an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.



Andrea Calledine ARCM,ABSM 

Andrea has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes. As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert, oratorio and operatic repertoire. Andrea’s teaching commitments are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. She has held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing and Conference Director from 2014 – 2018. During which time the association celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary. In 2014 also, she was invited as one of the Master Teachers for the AOTOS Teacher Training course which lead to her being appointed a Mentor on their Pathways Development course.

 Andrea directs many Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. She has many years experience as an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she has brought not only her wealth of expertise as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!


Ben Costello, MA,BMus,PgDip,FRSA

 Ben is a freelance musical director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, a lecturer in musical theatre at the University of Portsmouth, and a generalist music adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.  

A specialist in musical theatre, he has been musical director for numerous productions, and a reflective product of this has been his continuing work in most of the major London performing-arts colleges.  Countless of his former students enjoy successful careers in the West End and beyond, and he remains busy as a private singing tutor.

Born and based in London, Ben trained initially as a flautist, and subsequently majored in piano, singing and conducting.  He remains much sought-after as an accompanist in musical theatre repertoire but collaborates in a variety of genres with countless singers and instrumentalists in concerts and other performing environments. 

Ben is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, organising and chairing the Company’s annual musical direction scholarship.

Outside of music, he is a keen motorcyclist.



After winning a scholarship to train at Bird College, Jacqui went on to perform professionally touring Europe and Africa. She later returned to the UK and undertook intensive studies in contemporary dance at Middlesex University followed by a period of training at the Martha Graham School and the Alvin Ailey School. Equally, Jacqui was fortunate to train with Professor Robert L. Reed one of the most respected rhythm tap performers in New York.

In 1993, she opened her own performing arts school and after a successful 26 years decided to pass on the leadership to pursue more creative projects. However, during that time she gained Fellowship status in modern theatre and tap from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and theatre craft and tap from the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA), and the Diploma in Dance Education in imperial ballet, classical Greek and national dance from the ISTD. After qualifying and gaining Registered Teacher and Diploma status in classical ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance Jacqui later attended Inspire, the Royal Ballet School’s inspirational professional development programme.

Her training in European and World folk and national dance along with her depth of knowledge of countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have led to her becoming one of the country’s most sought after and respected teachers and choreographers. For over 35 years, Jacqui has established an outstanding portfolio of competitive choreography alongside professional commissioned works. Along with her distinctive and inimitable style, her choreography has been acknowledged on a national and international level.

In view of her contribution and reputation, Jacqui was appointed a British and International Federation adjudicator followed by an adjudicator for All England Dance, Miss Dance and Dance Master and a variety of British and International Dance Championships. Today, she spends time travelling, researching whilst experimenting and exploring new ideas.



The Festival was in a virtual format and took place on the 13th – 18th April
(Only the Music and Speech & Drama sections)


SPEECH & DRAMA CLASSES 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

JUNIOR VOCAL CLASSES 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

JUNIOR INSTRUMENTAL CLASSES 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

ADULT VOCAL CLASSES 1st, 2nd and 3rd places


Because of the change of dates and format Ben Costello replaced Andrea Calledine as Music Vocal adjudicator

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The Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival (IWMDDF) has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Award, created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.
The Festival has been inspiring many in the community to participate in the Performing Arts since 1924 and in 2020 is celebrating its 90th year (there having been a break during WWII). It takes place annually, in March, using four venues in three Island towns, attracting over 2000 entries in around 400 classes, enabled through the dedication and hard work of over 80 volunteers, whose ages range from 18 to late eighties, planning the competition throughout the year prior to the actual event. New volunteers are always welcome!
There are classes in speech, drama, vocal and instrumental music for individuals and groups, ranging from classical to pop and rock and the dance section which is popular with mainland and Island entrants alike and includes ballet, tap and modern classes. The event, judged by professional adjudicators, is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Over the years, many young participants have attained successful careers in the arts, including the award-winning film director, Anthony Minghella, CBE, who first gained his love for the theatre while taking part in the festival. His sister, Gioia Minghella, is currently our President.
Representatives of the festival will receive the award on the Island from Mrs Susie Sheldon JP, Lord Lieutenant, later this summer.

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 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 2021 festival will be our 91st.  

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. 

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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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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 88 festivals in 2018.

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The Isle of Wight Music Dance & Drama Festival Committee is elected at the AGM held in June (in 2020 at The Hare and Hounds on Monday the 8th June). All interested parties  are invited to the AGM.

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