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W H Y  E N T E R

From participants:

“The Eisteddfod has been a vital part of my own professional development; not only from my own performances but interacting and observing talented musicians and performers of all ages and working alongside some very well respected and renowned adjudicators that provide essential constructive feedback and criticism.


“The Eisteddfod isn’t just a competition; it’s a community celebration of what we have on Guernsey and it’s a chance to showcase and feel proud of what this great island has to offer.”

Rickey Long, Muscial Theatre Graduate


"I have been involved with the Guernsey Music Eisteddfod over the last fifty five years, first as a solo pianist and later also as an accompanist, singer, instrumental and choral conductor and keen supporter.  The eisteddfod is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages and levels of ability to perform for a knowledgeable and very supportive audience and then receive some really useful help and advice from some of the most experienced adjudicators around.  Although it is lovely to win (on occasion!), it is also great fun just to take part. The atmosphere is always relaxed and welcoming and the camaraderie amongst the competitors is unique. The content of the syllabus has also been expanded dramatically, particularly over the last ten years, to include something for everyone from classical, through jazz and pop, to musical theatre.   Have a go! You won’t regret it."

Marilyn Pugh, Past and Present Competitor.

The winner of the Guernsey Writers’ Short Story Trophy for 2013 and 2014 was Eileen Gaudion who describes her devotion to writing as follows:

“Unlike the performing arts, writing is a solitary activity.  By entering the Guernsey Eisteddfod, I was able to share the short stories I so enjoy creating and at the same time receive valuable feedback.

From an adjudicator:

“The Guernsey Eisteddfod is one of the liveliest and most vibrant festivals I have ever worked with.   It is also the widest ranging: whether your talents are in music, dance, speech and drama, cookery, flower arranging, needlework or even artistic roller skating, there is something for you, whatever your age and interests.  Above all, this festival is fun: there is a real sense of community, where everyone involved, both performers and audience, enters into the spirit of the occasion, and has a really enjoyable time.”

David Hoult, Adjudicator 2014

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