Specific Discipline Information

Instrumental Events Information (Solos/Duos)

 The categories in this heading are:

  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Percussion/Other
  • Piano
  • MultiInstruments
  • Duos

Where possible the sections marked will be separated, with separate adjudicators on separate days.   However, it may be necessary to combine some of these sections  if the numbers of entries do not allow sufficient competition.

If numbers permit finals will be held in the following sections:

  • Strings Open events
  • Wind Open events
  • MultiInstruments
  • Piano special events  Special qualifying event for the piano Outstanding Pianist Scholarship Award will be held on one of the earliest dates in the piano competition.


All Wind/String ..... instrumental events  - require the competitor to either perform unaccompanied OR  with live accompanist, normally with piano.  No Audio backing is provided or permitted in these events.  

Any competitor is encouraged to bring his/her own accompanist (who will be admitted free to the sessions in which he/she is to accompany).   However an official accompanist is provided in sections where indicated, and you should read the material relating to how to engage/rehearse with etc. the Official Accompanist should you wish to do so.  Very importantly note that the official accompanist is not required to sightread music produced on the day of performance. 


Live accompaniment is preferred but it will be possible for performances in these events to use a backing track. See COMPETITOR MATERIALS UPLOAD INFORMATION for details of how to upload a backing track.


A DUO is a performance by TWO instrumentalists - not accompanied by a third instrument.  A DUET performance may include accompaniment by a third instrument.  PLEASE READ SPECIFIC SECTION Information for rules relating to that section.

ONLY ONE GRAND PIANO is provided  so  any piano duos would have to bring their own second instrument.

Definition of "Contemporary" - as applied to Instrumental Sections

… currently works post 1960 would normally satisfy this criterion.


ALL competitors in instrumental sections are required to submit a  copy of their music for the adjudicator.  A full score must be provided.  This music is to be handed in at the Registration Desk on arrival at the hall - OR uploaded as a PDF file  - see  COMPETITOR MATERIALS UPLOAD INFORMATION.  Photocopies may be submitted but will not be returned after the event.   Original music may be submitted - and should be picked up from the front desk , together with adjudication report,  after the completion of the event. Digital copies must be destroyed on both the entrant's computer and the eisteddfod computer.

Performance Details are requested -  this facility becomes available online two weeks before the events are held - see SUBMISSION OF PERFORMANCE DETAILS