© Siobhan Boyle, Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

Devizes Eisteddfod

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:

  • 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

Eisteddfod Venue Changes

Please note that there have been some venue changes. See the Information Page for more details.

Wiltshire Choir of the Year

The winner of this year's competition was St Mary's Calne Junior Choir. Congratuations and thanks to all our finalists. Please see the the WCY 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.

Eisteddfod 2017

The 2017 Devizes Eisteddfod will take place on 17th, 18th and 19th November. See the Information page for details.

Autumn Newsletter

You can view or download our Autumn 2016 Newsletter here.


Congratulations to the St Mary's Calne Junior Choir who were named as Wiltshire Choir of the Year at Saturday night's final. It was a very close contest and the Jury took some deliberating unsurprisingly as all the finalists were brilliant. Thank you to all those who took part - your performances were much enjoyed by all who came to watch. You were slick and professional and we hope you gained valuable performing experience from the event. Here are some pictures to enjoy.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Wiltshire Choir of the Year Final is happening tomorrow night (Saturday 20th May) at St John's Church, Long St, Devizes. Tickets are available and can be purchased from St John's Parish Rooms from 5.15pm. Concert starts at 7pm. Four fabulous school choirs will be performing in front of a professional jury to win the Wiltshire Choir of the Year Cup. Come and join us for an inspiring and entertaining evening of choral singing from these fabulous school choirs. ... See MoreSee Less

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A fabulous day of performances from some very talented choirs - well done to you all you were fab. Looking forward to seeing some of you again for the final on Saturday ... 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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