Press Release - Guernsey Eisteddfod Performing Arts 2021
Media release regarding the Guernsey Eisteddfod Festival 2021
Due to the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic in jurisdictions all around us and the tightened travel restrictions to Guernsey the Executive Committee of the Guernsey Eisteddfod Society has had to look at on-island alternatives to enable the Eisteddfod to continue in this centenary year.
We are pleased to announce the adjudicators for the Music and Speech and Drama sections:
Music – Joseph Edwards, is an Associate Artist with the award winning choir, Tenebrae, and works professionally as a baritone, choral director and singing teacher. He was awarded the highest graduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Music and has performed in venues across the world.
Sitting alongside Joseph will be Mervyn Grand, who is best known as the Head of the Schools’ Music Service for nineteen years and is now retired. Mervyn is also an accomplished musician in his own right as well as an accompanist and orchestral conductor. Mervyn will be adjudicating most of the instrumental classes.
Speech and Drama – Well known Primary School Headteacher for fifteen years, Bob Thompson, who has been involved with the Eisteddfod for more than fifty years as a teacher and competitor in all aspects of the genre.
Sitting alongside Bob will be Shaun Winterflood, who is very well known in the performing arts scene in Guernsey and who previously ran his own very successful drama school. He is a Member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.
The Eisteddfod Committee is very appreciative of the commitment of our four local adjudicators and we recognise how fortunate we are to have such well qualified and experienced people willing to take on this important role.
We hope that Guernsey people in the spirit of ‘Guernsey Together’ will support the Eisteddfod and make this an enjoyable event for participants and audiences alike.
Please click HERE to read the biographies of our four adjudicators.
Alan Brown, Chairman, and Barbara Minta, Secretary of the Guernsey Eisteddfod Society
18 January 2021
Press Release – Guernsey Eisteddfod Exhibition 2021
After last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID lockdown, the virus is again causing disruption to the 2021 exhibition.
The 2021 Guernsey Eisteddfod Exhibition will now take place from 22nd to 26th June in the Dave Ferguson Hall at Beau Sejour. The event has had to be moved from its usual date in March due to the facilities not being available because of the island vaccination programme taking place at Beau Sejour between December and May. Unfortunately, there will be no school displays this year.
The date for receipt of entry forms will now be 24 April.
Entries for the Needlework and Art and Crafts will be received on Wednesday 16 and Friday 18 June.
It is anticipated that competitions in the Music, Speech and Drama, French and Guernesiais sections will go ahead as planned.
If further information is required, please contact one of the executive officers whose details can be found on the website at www.guernseyeisteddfod.com
Please be advised that the adjudicator for the photography section for 2021 will be Nick Despres FPRS.
All cups, trophies and awards from 2019 must be returned to MARTYN GUILLE SILVERSMITHS, LES VAUXBELETS, ST ANDREW’S
(Tel: 236161) by 31st December 2020 in order that they can be prepared for the 2021 Festival.
Available on this website (see relevant sections for specific entry forms) and also in the printed syllabus. Photocopies will be accepted.
COMPETITORS OUTSIDE GUERNSEY
Any person wishing to compete who resides outside Guernsey must send his/her Entry Form to the Executive Officer of the Section concerned by the dates shown.
The Eisteddfod Programme for the Performing Arts will be available for collection by members and purchase by non-members on 30th January 2021 between 10am and 12.30pm at the Grammar School.
The programme will also be available on this website under each respective performing arts section in mid January 2021.
NOTE: Postal entries will be accepted. Please send forms with entry fee to the relevant Executive Officer by the dates shown above, together with own choice music and scripts. Address details can be found on page 5.
Date to be advised
Receipt of Entries for Artistic Roller Skating - please hand all entry forms into the Club Coaches.
24 April 2021
Receipt of Entries for all Exhibition Sections at The Grammar School (Social Area 7) between 10.00 and 12.30
30 January 2021
Distribution and Sale of Programmes at the Grammar School between 10.00 and 12.30. Also on sale at the usual outlets (listed above) on the same day.
DATES FOR 2021 Please see Syllabus for Locations of Sessions
11 & 12 February Booking for popular sessions (music and speech & drama);
18 to 27 February Music Competitions;
Sacred Music Competitions will be held at St James on Sunday 21 February.
13 February Artistic Roller Skating Competitions;
1 to 8 March Speech/Drama Competitions;
12 March Modern Language Competitions;
Times / venues to be advise French (Speech, Drama & Literary) (Infant and Junior Schools)
French, German, Italian and Spanish (Secondary School Years 7 - 13)
Modern Languages (Inc French) (Adults)
23 March Gala Concert.
TBA Guernesiais (Guernsey Norman-French)
Tuesday 22 June Official Opening/Presentation of Trophies at 8.00 p.m;
23 to 26 June Exhibition open to public, 9.00am until 8.00pm (last day, 9.00am until 5.00pm);