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Dates for 2019: Dance 16/17 Nov; Music, Speech, Drama 21-23 Nov

Devizes Eisteddfod

The Devizes Eisteddfod is a five-day competitive festival of music, drama, speech, writing, art and photography for people of all ages, who may enter individually or through a school or group.

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


The Devizes Eisteddfod classes cover the following areas:

  • Piano
  • Church Organ
  • Strings
  • Guitar
  • Woodwind (incl Recorder)
  • Brass
  • Ensemble
  • Composition
  • 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

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Eisteddfod 2019

The dates for next year's Eisteddfod are :

Dance: Sat/Sun 16/17 Nov 2019

Music, Speech and Drama: Thu/Fri/Sat, 21/22/23 Nov 2019.

The Eisteddfod Programme 2019 will be available (price £2) from Monday 11 November 2019 from Winkworth, Devizes Market Place, SN10 1HT or by post (£3.50 incl. p&p) and at the venues during the Eisteddfod.

Eisteddfod Concert

The 2018 Festival Concert was held on Saturday, 1st December at 7pm in the Devizes Town Hall Assembly Room.

The Wiltshire Young Musician Competition was won by Matthew Powell, who played the 1st movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. Second was Madeleine Longbotham (flute) and third was Eliza Munday (violin).

Congratulations to them and to all competitors and performers.

For more details, see the Young Musician page


2 weeks ago

Devizes Eisteddfod

We salute all those who took part in tonight’s Festival Concert at the Town Hall - you were all extraordinary. Thank you for taking part and for making this festival so special. We look forward to seeing more of our winners in our concerts in January and February - check out the website for more details. Thank you to all our supporters too who help us to keep the festival running and we look forward to seeing you, and hopefully lots of new faces, next year. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Devizes Eisteddfod

So the 2018 Eisteddfod drew to a close at 7pm last night after two days of extraordinary dance performances - well done to all who took part.
The addition of the specialist dance floor on the stage at Lavington School was much appreciated by all competitors and our thanks go to the school for accommodating us. All the results are on our website to view and the Committee will now get to work organising the 2019 event! We hope to see you all again next year!
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3 weeks ago

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The first day of the Dance element of the festival is nearly over and what a wonderful day we have had! Glamour and glitz and fabulous hair have adorned our competitors and we have seen a huge variety of dancing styles. Another full day tomorrow. Well done to all those who have been placed! ... 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 annual Young Musician of Wiltshire and the Wiltshire Choir of the Year competitions.

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