The competitions are now open for the 2012 Abergavenny Eisteddfod, which takes place on 16 June. Entry is free. Primary School Children who are finalists will receive medals and there are cash prizes for young people and adults.
Closing date for all entries is Friday May 11th 2012.
Solo and group competitions for primary school children include the popular disco and folk dance categories, instrumental solos and ensembles, solo and group singing and recitation and sight reading for Welsh and English speakers.
Young people aged 11-18 are invited to compete in a range of classical, popular and jazz music categories. Keen drama students can create and perform their own 5 minute sketch as an alternative to the dramatic recitations or sight reading competitions.
“The competitions are open to anyone” says Colin Beynon, secondary school co-ordinator. “We welcome entries from all over Monmouthshire, Newport and surrounding counties, and we’ve had youngsters competing from as far away as Aberystwyth. It’s a very friendly event, and successful competitors can walk away with a fair amount of prize money at the end of the day, which is an added incentive!”
The adult competitions will be taking place in the Methodist Chapel in Castle Street, Abergavenny, during the day on Saturday 16 June, with just the finalists on stage in the Borough Theatre in the evening. Visitors are welcome to attend these preliminary competitions, which often include performers of a very high standard who don’t quite make it to the stage in the evening. Competitions include instrumental solo, vocal solo for under 25s, Welsh solo, song from a Musical; the vocal duet, trio or quartet and Champion solo (with prize money of £250) which is open to all comers, except under 25s.
Entry forms are available in Abergavenny library, Abergavenny Music and a number of other outlets, and entries can also be made via the website – www.abergavennyeisteddfod.co.uk