© Siobhan Boyle, Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

Devizes Eisteddfod

The Devizes Eisteddfod is a five-day festival of music, drama, reading, writing and dance for children aged 18 and under, who may enter individually or through a school.

It is held in a number of venues in Devizes, Wiltshire, England in November every year.


The Devizes Eisteddfod classes cover the following areas:

  • Piano
  • Church Organ
  • Strings
  • Guitar
  • Woodwind (incl Recorder)
  • Brass
  • Ensemble
  • Vocal
  • Choirs
  • Folk Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Verse Speaking
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Handwriting
  • Art (2D and 3D)
  • Photography

The standard ranges from Beginner to Grade 8+ and the ages range from 5 to 18 years.

See the Syllabus for more details.

© Siobhan Boyle, Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

Latest News

Class Winners' Concerts

Following a highly successful 2017 Eisteddfod in November we present two Class Winners' Concerts when there will be a chance to hear some 36 winning performances again.

The concerts will be held on Sundays, 28 January and 4 February 2018 at 3pm in the Devizes Town Hall Assembly. Admission to both concerts is free.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on 25th January 2018 at 7.45pm at Church House, Potterne.

Eisteddfod 2018 Dates

The Music, Speech and Drama classes for the 2018 Devizes Eisteddfod will take place on 15th, 16th and 17th November 2018.

The Dance classes will take place on 24th and 25th November 2018.

Please see the Information page for details.


Well done to all those who took part in our festival concert on Saturday in the Town Hall - it was a very entertaining evening of music speech and song and was a small taste of the tremendous talent from the main event. Congratulations to all the cup winners and we look forward to seeing you next year! ... See MoreSee Less

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Well what a wonderful weekend of performances we had across the music, speech, drama and dance categories. Well done to all those who took part! The Festival Concert will take place at 6pm on Saturday 25th November in the Town Hall and we look forward to hearing again some of the highlights from the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

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The 2017 Eisteddfod is well underway and we have already seen some wonderful performances. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Eisteddfod was founded in 1946, following a small event in 1945 to raise funds for the Congregational Church (which was opposite Wadworth’s Brewery). It was started by the late Ray Smith (uncle of the current patron Simon May) who remained as Secretary/Director until 1970. It proved such a success that it became an annual event, held in halls in Devizes including the Town Hall and The Corn Exchange.

Michael Oliver then took over as Director and the event grew more and more successful, eventually moving to Devizes School. Another chapter was written when, in 1995, the Eisteddfod was taken over by Dauntsey’s School at West Lavington under the Directorship of Chris Thompson, the School’s Director of Music.

In 1988, the Jazz star Jamie Cullum won a piano solo in the U10 section – and our Patron, Simon May, won an U10 piano duet in 1953.

There was no Eisteddfod in 2004 but the competition resumed in 2005 in Devizes under the Directorship of Ken Morrison. Frank Shipway took over for 2010. The current executive chairman is Simon Jacobs. In 2013 Michael Johnson, the well-known violin and piano teacher, examiner and musical director agreed to become Director of the Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod now also organises the biennial Young Musician of Wiltshire and the Wiltshire Choir of the Year competitions.

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