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, dance, 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.

© Trevor Porter, Wiltshire Gazette and Herald



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

Latest News

On Line Entries

Our new Online Entry System is now available for Performance classes (ie Music, Choirs, Speech and Drama), see the Entries page. You can still use our paper entry forms, see the Information page, right side bar, if you prefer.

Dance and Pre-adjudicated entries can only be done using our paper entry forms, which you can download from the Information page or obtain in our Syllabus, available from Winkworth, Devizes.

Please let our Webmaster know of any issues or problems with the Online Entry system.

Eisteddfod 2019

The dates for this year's Eisteddfod are :

Dance: Sat/Sun 16/17 Nov 2019

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

The Syllabus for 2019, containing details of all the classes and entry forms, will be available in mid-May 2019 from Winkworth offices, Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HT, or to download from the Information page of the website.

The Eisteddfod Programme 2019 will be available (price £3) from Thursday 7th November 2019 from Winkworth, Devizes Market Place, SN10 1HT or by post (£4.50 incl. p&p) and at the venues during the Eisteddfod.


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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You can download it from our website or collect a copy from Winkworth Estate Agents.

NEW FOR 2019 - ONLINE ENTRY for performance classes only (not Dance or pre-adjudicated classes) - please follow the link on the website.

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The 2019 Syllabus is almost complete and will be going to the printer at the beginning of April. Look out for it in early May when it will be available to download from the website or pick up from Winkworth Estate Agents! ... See MoreSee Less

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