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:
- 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.
Please see the relevant pages on this website for more information. The Young Musician Competition is by invitation only. Choirs intending to enter Wiltshire Choir of the Year will be able to do so from late-April 2018 once the 2018 Eisteddfod Syllabus is published and available from this site.
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.
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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.