2020 Application Procedures



2020 Solo applications are now closed.

2020 Group applications are now closed.

Download_2020_Syllabus here

  1. Participants are encouraged to apply for more than one category, provided that they comply with the different conditions relating to each individual category; furthermore, choir, dance group and ensemble members are encouraged to enter the solo competitions. It is useful for the Eisteddfod to have an indication from groups with their applications as to whether they may be putting forward soloists for solo competitions. Please do not send music scores of own choice items with the application.
  2. Applications submitted in accordance with the regulations (see How to Apply) will be examined at our selection day in December for Choirs and Groups, and March for Solos. Any incomplete application on this day will be automatically disqualified. After selection an email of confirmation will then be sent out to each successful applicant along with additional information and various forms that are to be completed.
  3. The Entry fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and the fee is payable only ONCE per group/ solo, NOT per category. This can be paid by credit card, debit card or online here. This must be paid by the appropriate application date and is payable only once per group / soloist, regardless of the number of categories you enter. You will be taken to the payment page after completing the online application form. Please call the office on 01978 862003 if you prefer to pay over the phone.
  4. You must apply using the official Eisteddfod Online Application Forms. Choirs, Dance Groups, Ensembles and Non-Competitors must use the Group Application Form; soloists must use the Solo Application Form, which is available here. Group Application Forms are now closed. Musical Composition forms are available here.
  5. Please note that Groups and Soloists must submit a recent recording from the last 6 months with their application. This should be no more than 5 minutes duration and recorded within the last six months.  The recorded music need not include your repertoire but must reflect the genre of each application. For applications in Competitions A1 to A6, at least one piece on the recording must be unaccompanied. Applications will not be considered unless the application form, fee and the recording are received by the deadline. Groups and soloists must submit a recording relevant to each category for which they are applying. Please note that pieces may not be repeated in different categories (excepting Choir of the World).
  6. All Application Forms should be submitted as soon as possible, but participants should await notification of acceptance before making final personal and/or travel arrangements. The Eisteddfod Office will inform all groups by 13 December 2019 as to whether their application to take part has been successful. Applicants for solo competitions will be similarly notified by 20 March 2020.
  7. No participant is allowed to make two separate entries in one category (as an example; soloists may only enter with one instrument in any one instrumental solo competition).
  8. All participants, except choir conductors, dance group leaders and accompanists, must be of amateur status, i.e. people who do not earn their principal livelihood from music or dance performance as appropriate. No person shall compete as a member of more than one choir or group in the same competition.
  9. For the purpose of deciding nationality for residents of the UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are considered as four separate countries.


General Information and Regulations for Entrants after Acceptance

  1. Group Repertoire: Once selected, choirs, dance groups and ensembles should give full details of their intended repertoire items on the online form provided. If selected, groups must return the official form, and send four original music scores (excluding dance groups) of each piece to be performed and completed stage plans, by 29 March 2020. NB: any music scores received after this date will incur a late administration fee.  If we do not receive your music before this date, the judges will be informed and there may be a penalty imposed on your scores which could have major implications.  Additionally, electronic copies will not be accepted due to Copyright Regulations. All music scores must be clearly labelled indicating which pieces will be used for which competition.
  2. Solo Repertoire: All solo participants must complete the competition repertoire
    • Solo participants in competitions B1, B2, B4, B5 and F1 must send three copies of each item of their competition music scores by 24 April Please Note: F1 must only send three copies if using our official accompanist.
    • Solo participants in competitions B3 and F2 must send two copies of each item of their competition music scores.

NB: any music scores received after this date will incur a late administration fee. After 24 April 2020 it is not possible to change your programme. If we do not receive your music before this date, the judges will be informed and there may be a penalty imposed on your scores, which could have major implications.  Additionally, electronic copies will not be accepted due to Copyright Regulations unless these have been individually licensed and copies provided have proof of this attached. All music scores must be clearly labelled indicating which pieces will be used for the preliminary round and which will be used for the final round.

3. Bursary Awards: The Llangollen  International  Eisteddfod  believes  that  fees/cost must not be a disincentive  for  groups  to  consider applying.  With this in mind, we are offering a range of grants from our bursary fund to support groups from every background. If you are accepted  at  the  selection  process  we  want  to  make sure that you have the best opportunity to take part in the Eisteddfod regardless of your financial circumstances. Bursary information and application forms are available online.

4. Competition Time Limits: Competitors can expect to be penalised if stipulated time limits are exceeded in their performance.

Time Over-Run Penalty
Up to 30 seconds Nil
30 seconds – 1 minute 1 Mark
1 minute – 1.5minutes 2 Marks
1.5 minutes – 2 minutes 4 Marks
2.5 minutes – 3 minutes 6 Marks
3 minutes – 4 minutes 8 Marks
Over 4 minutes 10 Marks

5. Group Accompaniment:Choirs and Groups are generally expected to provide their own accompanists, but if an official Eisteddfod accompanist is required, please notify the Music Office as soon as possible. This must be done before 12 April 2019. Dependent on availability there will be a charge £25.00 per competition for the use of an official Eisteddfod accompanist.

6. Preliminary Tests: Preliminary tests or Semi-Final competitions will be held in all solo competitions and in any other competition in which it is considered necessary. Details of any group competition Preliminary Tests will be given in your Official Acceptance email. These generally take place on the morning of the Final of that Competition, or on the previous day. If there are a large number of applications for some group competitions, a preliminary test will be held at the Artistic Director’s discretion.

7. Additional Performances: Every group may be expected to undertake an additional public performance on either our outside stages on the Eisteddfod field or at other local venues.You will be notified of these activities in your Official Acceptance NB:we may not give additional performances to all groups, the arrangements are made at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

8. Overseas Participants are asked not to make private arrangements to perform at other venues during the Festival without prior consultation with the Artistic Director

9. Solo rehearsals: These will be arranged by the Music Office for all competitions if you are using the Official Eisteddfod Accompanist.

10. Group rehearsals:These may be booked before arrival by contacting the Music Office by email at music@llangollen.net Each group will only be given a 30 minute rehearsal for each category they enter.

11. All official instruments are tuned Diapason Normal Pitch (A-440 or C-522).

12. Procedure for performances:All choir/group leaders will receive full guidance regarding backstage arrangements via email.

13. Staging:The Eisteddfod is held in the Royal International Pavilion which seats up to 3,800 people. The stage measures 29 x 9 meters. Tiered staging for choirs is available for up to 80 singers. Further details regarding the Eisteddfod Field Outside Stage dimensions will be available to accepted participants as necessary.

14. International Evening Concerts:Groups/Choirs may be invited, at the Artisitic Director’s discretion, to perform in the evening concerts.

15. International Costume:In order to bring truly international colour to our festival, choirs/ groups who wear national/stage costume are asked to remain in costume throughout their time at the Eisteddfod 2020. We urge all groups that are in Llangollen on Thursday 9 July provide representatives in the Procession of Nations in the International Celebration Concert and those here on Friday 10 July to take part in our Parade of Nations. This is a fantastic opportunity for all.

16. Social Gatherings and Impromptu Performances: They are encouraged across the Eisteddfod site but the Friends’ Area and the Competitors’ Club, as well as other venues around the site, provide opportunities for impromptu performances, social gatherings and chances to make new friends. We urge all groups that are in Llangollen on Thursday 9 July to take part in The Gathering, which is held down by the Amphitheatre.

17. Photography consent:In applying to take part in Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod all applicants consent to photographs being taken of their performances at any part of the event and grant Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod the right to use the photograph(s) resulting from the event and any reproductions or adaptions of the photograph(s) for all general purposes in relation to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s work including, without limitation, the right to use them in any publicity materials, websites, newspapers and magazine articles whenever Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod wishes to do so.

18. Copyright:The consent required by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended, is hereby given to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Ltd and its assigns to make recordings and/or broadcasts in sound and/or vision of all performances given at any time during the Eisteddfod for any purpose.  Additionally, all property rights subsisting in any such performance are, on coming into being, hereby assigned in totality to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Ltd and each participant hereby waives such moral rights to which they are now or may in the future be entitled pursuant to Sections 77-84 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. In applying to take part in the Eisteddfod, each participant certifies that no other assignment or agreement to assign, in respect of these rights, has been or shall be entered into by the participant or or by representatives on his/her behalf. Unpublished works:Please ensure the correct permissions have been obtained to use any unpublished works. Published works : Please ensure that if you intend to perform any published works that you secure written permissions from the publishers to perform such works at the Eisteddfod.

19. Selections and Adjudications:The decision of the Management Team of the International Eisteddfod, or the Adjudicators acting on its behalf in any matter concerning the competition, is final and binding upon all parties, and this is an agreed condition of application in all Competitions. Any protest must be made in writing to the Artistic Director before the end of the Competition to which it applies.

20. Age restrictions for Groups: Groups competing may allow for up to 10% of the group to be below or above the competition age range. For example, if the competition specifically asks for age range of 12-18, 10% of the group can be under 12 or over 18. Groups should meet the backstage copyright team on the day of their competition to confirm the ages within their group.