© 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

Class Winners' Concerts

The last of our Class Winners' Concerts this year will be held on Sunday 26th February 2017 at 3pm in Devizes Town Hall. These concerts give many more of our class-winners the opportunity to perform in public. See the Information page to download or view the details of the February programme.

Wiltshire Choir Date Change

Due to the SATS exams we have taken the decision to change the date of the Preliminary Rounds for this year's Wiltshire Choir Competition. The Preliminary Rounds will now take place on Tuesday 16th May, one week later than before. The Final will stay as it was on Saturday 20th May. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but hope that this will allow more schools to take part.
Entries are on first-come-first-served basis, see Downloads > 2017 Info and Entry Form on WCY page for more details.

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.


Wiltshire Choir of the Year Competition 2017 - preliminary rounds in Tuesday 16th May with the final on Saturday 20th May - last few places remaining - entry deadline March 31st - details and entry form on the website - www.devizes-Eisteddfod.org.uk ... 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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