The Devizes Eisteddfod is a three-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:
- Church Organ
- Woodwind (incl Recorder)
- Folk Music
- Musical Theatre
- Verse Speaking
- Art (2D and 3D)
The standard ranges from Beginner to Grade 8+ and the ages range from 5 to 18 years.
See the Syllabus for more details.
Even after extending the Dance competition to a second day this year, the Dance classes are now fully subscribed and so, sadly, we can take no more Dance entries.
Due to popular request we have added two new classes : Group Drama (class DG1) for groups of any size aged 18 years and under. Entry Fee £11 Time Limit 8 minutes and Musical Theatre Group Performance (class M13) for groups of any size aged 18 years and under. Entry Fee £11 Time Limit 8 minutes.
Eisteddfod Venue Changes
Please note that there have been some venue changes. See the Information Page for more details.
Eisteddfod Syllabus 2017
The Syllabus, which contains details of all the Eisteddfod classes, and the Entry Forms are now available from Winkworth offices, Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HT or to download from the Information Page here.
The 2017 Devizes Eisteddfod will take place on 17th, 18th and 19th November. See the Information page for details.
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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.