If you are a student learning piano then entering an Eisteddfod is an excellent thing to do, because it is run by friendly volunteers who want to help you to enjoy your music and to gain confidence playing in front of people. It is a good idea to enter two sections, if your teacher agrees, so that you have two chances to play. The second time you will feel more relaxed. You can play from memory or use the music. You don't have to buy any special clothes to perform, just dress neatly.
The piano section gives you a large choice of age groups so that you are performing with other students the same age as yourself. You are also welcome to perform in an older age group if you feel you are experienced enough to compete against older performers.
First of all you need to download an entry form . You can either post the completed entry form to the address shown on the Sections & Schedule page or you can email it direct to the Pianoforte Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer. Details are on the Sections & Schedule page and also in the Schedule. Remember to include the entry fee and your stamped self-addressed envelope or $2.00 for postage to receive your timetable. You may pay for your entry either by cheque or by eftpos payment directly to our account, Eisteddfod by the Bay Inc. at the Bendigo Bank. All Bendigo Bank branches will also accept cash payments to our account at no charge. If you pay your entry by eftpos to our account or by cash via the Bendigo Bank, could you please use the reference no. 5 and include your name. This tells us that the entry is for piano and who it is for. Remember though that you will still need to forward us your completed entry form and either the receipt no. for your deposit to our account or a copy of your bank payment so that we can confirm payment. Full payment details are in the schedule.If you have any questions, our Pianoforte Coordinator will be happy to help you. You can either ring the contact number shown in the schedule or email email@example.com
A few weeks after the closing date of the piano section, the Coordinator will decide on the program and send you a timetable. The timetable will tell you everything you need to know about when and where you will play and give you some other information such as parking details. If you have ordered a pre-posted program, that will be posted to you a couple of weeks after the timetable.
Your timetable will give you an approximate time as a guide, but it is not possible to give an exact starting time for each section. This is due to unknown factors, such as the number of absences, delays, etc. It is always better to arrive well before your section, so you have plenty of time to register and prepare. The coordinator will try to keep to the timetable, but you should be aware that sections can be running over time, this is beyond our control.
When you enter the venue where the Eisteddfod is being held, you will see a registration table with some helpers sitting at it. They will ask you your name and take the photocopy (you have brought with you) of the music you are going to play. This is for the Adjudicator. You will need also to show the original of the music you are performing, in compliance with Copyright Law (see the Entry page for more information about copyright obligations). You do have the option of giving the original of the music to the adjudicator if you are not using it yourself, but is always wise to have a photocopy with you as well.