Dates for 2020: Music/Speech/Drama 12-14 Nov, Dance : 21-22 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. There are also classes for adults, over 18.

The Syllabus, which contains all the details, will be out in mid-March.

© Siobhan Boyle, Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

Latest News

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 7.30pm at 20 Dial Close, Seend.

Festival Concert 2019

Thank you to all the performers who gave us a wonderful Festival Concert this year. There were a number of very memorable performances which the packed house enjoyed greatly.

Congratulations to Eliza Munday for winning 2019 Young Musician of the Year with her beautiful performance of The Lark Ascending and special thanks to Devizes Harmony for bringing the concert to great finish.

We look forward to seeing you all again next November for Eisteddfod 2020 !

Michael Johnson

Thank you.

A huge THANK YOU to the many hundreds of performers who took part in this year's Eisteddfod. There were many memorable performances which have gone to make the 2019 festival one of the best ever.

We hope you enjoyed the experience and that the adjudications were helpful to you to progress in whichever branch of the arts interests you.

Do join us again in 2020!

As always the syllabus will appear in mid-May with the closing date for entries being Friday, 2nd October 2020.


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.


2 months ago

Devizes Eisteddfod

Thank you to all those who came and took part in this year’s festival! It was wonderful to see you and all your performances were much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and have learned something from the experience. Our adjudicators all loved watching you! The very tired Committee are now preparing for the concert taking place this Saturday at 7pm in the Town Hall - including the 4th Wiltshire Young Musician Competition - do come along and watch - it promises to be a great evening. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Devizes Eisteddfod

Day 3 of the festival is underway with the Music Theatre classes and some amazing performances from some very young competitors! ... See MoreSee Less

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