Young People 11-18


Anyone aged 11-18 is welcome to enter. You don’t have to live locally and you can compete in either Welsh or English.


There is a wide range of music, singing, dance and drama competitions for individuals and groups.
Cash prizes!

  • age 15-18 category: 1st prize: £25; 2nd prize: £15; 3rd prize; £10
  • age 11-14 category: 1st prize: £15; 2nd prize: £10; 3rd prize; £5
  • special extra prizes of £25 each for up to 3 best acts (see Notes below)

Dates and times

  • Closing date for all entries: Friday 30th March
  • Preliminary competitions (if there are more than 3 entries): morning of Saturday 21st April
  • On-stage finals: from 2.15 pm onwards, Saturday 21st April

Recently Added competitions!

Story and Mime: You can have up to 5 members in a group, including the narrator. You will be given a story topic and outline narration 5 minutes before the competition. Everyone mimes the action silently, apart from the narrator. Your stage performance is allocated 3 mins.
Story Telling: Open competition for anyone aged up to 18 years old to present ‘The Story behind the Picture.’ The story should be told without using notes and should be no more than 5 minutes long. There is no need to present a script in advance, but you need to send an electronic copy of your picture by 30th March to
Music composition: Compose a piece of music no longer than 5 minutes, for any combination of instruments, to be submitted to Colin Beynon as sheet music (or detailed descriptive plan) and a recorded version, by 30th March 2018.


Ages in the categories refer to competitors’ ages on 1 September 2017


King Henry VIII School, Old Hereford Road, Abergavenny, NP7 6EP

Competition rules

  • Competitors can choose their own pieces, as long as they are within 4 minutes in length (unless the entry form says otherwise).
  • Material used, including songs and drama texts, must be suitable for an all-age audience.
  • Acts using inappropriate material will be disqualified.
  • For safety and space reasons, we have set a maximum number of competitors for the dance competitions.

Musical competitions

  • Competitors must bring 2 copies of the music with them, at least one of which is the original. One copy is for themselves and one is for the adjudicator, which must have the competitor’s name and competition number on it. Copies are destroyed afterwards to comply with the Copyright Act.
  • Competitors not submitting music will be disqualified.
  • Conductors in the group competitions may be young people or adults.

Drama and recitation competitions

  • Recitation competitors need to bring a copy of the piece with them for the adjudicator.

Composition competition

  • All compositions must be submitted with a signed declaration stating that the composition is entirely the unaided work of the competitor and that it has not previously been submitted at any other eisteddfod, competition or festival. (see note 5 below)
  • All entries must be accompanied by a copy of the composition plus a recording which must be received by Colin Beynon (see below) no later than 30th March 2018

How to enter

Please fill in the entry form, setting out a list of competitions , which you can submit online.
If you would like a paper copy of the application form, please contact Colin Beynon:

Further information

If you have any enquiries, please contact Colin Beynon on Tel 07719 491804 or email


  1. All finalists performing on stage receive written adjudications and cash prizes.
  2. Up to three best acts receive an extra cash prize of £25, linked to an invitation to perform on stage in the Borough Theatre Gala Concert on Sat 16th June. The extra prizes are awarded that evening.
  3. Visitors are welcome. Adult visitors on 21st April have to buy a spectator ticket (£3.00) on the door. Children and young people up to age 18 come in free.
  4. Photographs will be taken and may be used for publicity purposes.
  5. We may ask you to perform your composition/play your recording, but this depends on the time available, so unfortunately we can’t promise it.