Welcome to the Syllabus for the 2021 Festival.

2020 was certainly an interesting year for the Festival. The Drama and Music sessions were very successful, as were the first 4 days of dance. Unfortunately, on the 4th day, the Theatre decided that they would prefer not to continue but at that time it was hoped that we would be able to continue later in the year. However, as the lock down has carried on, it became apparent that this would be almost impossible. It was also decided that with the continued uncertainty it was best to cancel the Performance Workshops, but hopefully they will take place in 2021.

On a happier note, we were honoured to be nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and then delighted to find out that we were to receive it. This is such an honour and deserved by each and every volunteer who helps the Festival. We are always looking to add to our volunteer numbers, if you have any time to spare, even if for one session, please get in touch.
We are hoping to run the Festival as normal, but are putting contingency plans in place just in case. We look forward to seeing everyone.


The committee of the Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival has decided to go ahead with preparations to hold a Festival next year.
We look forward to receiving your entries. As soon as we are in a position to make a final decision on how the Festival will proceed, we will notify all entrants.
If Covid-19 restrictions do prevent the festival from running live at venues we intend to move to a virtual festival with performers sending in their videos for adjudication. We hope that all of you who normally enter, as well as new performers, will feel able to embrace this new format.
At this stage we are continuing with our syllabus in the usual way and as soon as we are in a position to make a final decision will notify all entrants how we are proceeding.
Keep an eye on our FB page for any updates.

Chris Booth – Chair

Please click onto the links below to download the Main rules the Syllabus and entry forms that you need. The Entry forms are available in word format so that you can download them and complete before printing out and signing.

The list of 2021 Adjudicators is also available

If you have any queries please message our FB page or use the contact form on this website.


2021 SPEECH & DRAMA Syllabus



2021 MUSIC syllabus




Speech & Drama 

Mon 1st – Wed 3rd March – Methodist Church Hall, Garfield Road, Ryde

Music, (Vocal & Choral)

Tues 2nd.-.Sat 6th March – St John’s, Newport, Garfield Road Church, All Saints’ Church, Ryde

Music (Rock & Pop)

Sunday 7th March – Shanklin Theatre

Music (Instrumental)

Wed 10th – Fri 12th March – Garfield Road Church, All Saints’ Church, Ryde


Sat 13th.- Sat 20th March – Shanklin Theatre
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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We would like to thank all those taking part for their cooperation and understanding during the Festival and particularly when we had no option other than to cancel the last four days of the Festival. We are looking at trying to reschedule those four days later in the year.


The Phillips Family Trophy for the highest mark in girls’ vocal solo classes across the age range 13-18 years: Millie Lake and Sophia Houghton – 89.

Marion Feben Memorial Cup for the Highest Solo Marks in the Vocal Classes (except Choral classes) in the Senior Section: Sue Devine and Paul Stevens – 87.

Mrs Florence Duggan Rose Bowl for the Highest Mark in the Junior Section: Thomas Nash – 90

John Flower Cup to the Choir gaining the Highest Overall Marks in the Senior and Junior Sections: Solent City Chorus – 88

Caroline Timms Cup for the Highest Marks in the Vocal competitions for ages 14 & under: Lyla Hunter and Millie Lake – 89.

Caroline Timms Cup for the Highest Marks in the Vocal competitions for ages 14 & under: Lyla Hunter and Millie Lake – 89.

Sally-Ann Fairall Memorial Award for the choir showing the most promise as chosen by the Adjudicator: Carisbrooke Primary School – 86.

CG Crawley Cup for the Highest Marks in the Composition Classes in the Senior Section: Andrew Pellow – 87.

Norman Thurston Cup for the Highest Marks in the String Classes in the Senior & Junior sections: Thomas Nash – 90.

Mark Fielding Trophy for the Highest Marks in the Piano Classes in the Junior Section for ages 13 & over: Thomas Nash – 87.

Miss NJ Damon Cup for the Highest Mark in the Woodwind Classes in the Junior Section:  Tess Leyland  -87.

Gerald Dodd Memorial Cup for the Highest Marks in the Senior Piano Classes: Alan Worth and Victor Lawrence – 87.

Frank Wheeler Memorial Trophy for the Highest Marks in the Junior Solo Brass Classes: Harry Sheppard – 87.

Mark Radford Awards to the value of £40 to one competitor of 18 years or under in the Instrumental Classes, who shows particular promise: Thomas Nash.

Barbara Walter Award to the value of £40 to a competitor of 18 years or under who gives an Exceptional Vocal Performance in the Disney and Stage Song Classes: Grace Dempsey.

Barbara Walter Rose Bowl to a competitor of 18 years or under who gives the Best Individual Vocal Performance in the Disney and Stage Song Classes: Sophia Houghton.


Sir Robert Hobart Rose Bowl awarded for the Highest Mark gained in the Speech and Drama Sections: Evan Greszczyszyn Rico and Sara Hesse – 89.

The Charles Blake Memorial Cup awarded for the Highest Marks in Classes 465, 466 & 467: Alicia Allen and Jessica Claridge-Law – 86.

The Thomas Hudson Shield for the Highest Aggregate Score in Literary Composition: Monica Courtney and Andrew Pellow – 88.

Joan Timms (nee Pleninger) Salver for the Highest Mark in the Miming Teams: Ryde Speech and Drama Class – 87.

Joy Hall Trophy given at the Adjudicator’s sole discretion in recognition of a memorable and worthy performance in the Drama section: Sara Hesse, Daisy Dyer and Kaitlyn Donovan.


The Hon Mrs Mitcheson Cup (Lady Seely Junior Cup) for the Highest Individual Mark in Junior Piano, Strings, Woodwind & Drama Section: Thomas Nash – 90.

Lady Seely Senior Cup for the Highest Individual Mark in the Senior Strings, Piano, Woodwind and Drama Sections: Ellen Weeks – 88.

Winners of Special Awards in the Music and Speech & Drama sections will receive their certificates by post and we will try to make arrangements, where possible, to get their cups/trophies to them.

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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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If you have any questions please use the contact form on this website or message our Facebook page.

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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.

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 (in 2020 at The Hare and Hounds on Monday the 8th June). All interested parties  are invited to the AGM.

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