71st Annual City of Hobart Performing Arts Eisteddfod
Instrumental Groups & Percussion
19 Oct 2021 to 19 Oct 2021
(To be confirmed after receipt of Entries and Programming has been finalised)
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Entries must be received by 26 Apr 2020


Proposed Dates: 18 to 21 June 2020


••• Perpetual Trophies & Special Awards •••


Open Instrumental Recital Award $1000

- Awarded to the winner of class 840


Jan Sedivka Memorial Award $500

- For the most outstanding string performer


Celeste Thomsen (Quinn) Trophy and Memorial Award $150

- For the most outstanding string performer aged 16 years & under


TSO Players Association $100 Award

- For the most outstanding performer 18 years and under


Open Lions Club of Kingborough Chamber Ensemble Award $250

- Awarded to the winner of class 1060 


Elizabeth Parsons Award $70 Award

-For the most promising horn performer aged 14 years & under


Lions Club of Kingborough String Ensemble Award $200

- For the most promising string ensemble aged 16 years or under (may include piano)


Island Brass Academy Award $50

- For the most promising brass ensemble in classes 1022 - 1060


Australian Strings Association of Tasmania (AUSTA) $50 Award

- For the most promising string ensemble in class 1022 – 1060 


Vivian Wain Memorial Award

- for a family ensemble of any age, duo to octet, piano may be included.

TSO ticket for each member of the prize-winning ensemble to a concert in 2020.


AMEB Adjudicator’s Choice Trophy



·Any instrument except keyboard is allowed. Exception: class 840.

Participants may enter no more than two of the graded instrumental classes 540 to 640 per instrument. The classes must be consecutive.

Major Class Important Information - Class 840 - Open Instrumental Recital:

The winner of this class will automatically go into the final of the Nelle Ashdown Memorial Award, provided entry numbers support performance standard, and conditional upon being able to perform in the Highlights Concert. In the event that the winner is unavailable to perform, eligibility may pass to the second-place getter.




Entries must be received by 26 Apr 2020

Proposed date: 1 July 2020 (Federation Concert Hall)

••• Perpetual Trophies & Special Awards •••

Open Entertainment Group Award $500

- Awarded to the winner of class 1070

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Friends (TSOF) Trophy and $250 Award

- For the best performance by a school-age group

Just Percussion Award $75 Gift Voucher

- For the most promising percussion performer

Adjudicators Award Certificate

- For the most outstanding group Year 12 & under



·Competitors are responsible for supplying their own requirements, except that the Eisteddfod Society provides two music stands at the Town Hall.

·Amplified instruments are not allowed at the Town Hall but are at the Federation Concert Hall.

·Please contact the secretary regarding the availability of a keyboard at the Federation Concert Hall.

Entrants interested in sharing equipment at the FCH are asked to contact the secretary.

Due to limited backstage facilities for large groups at the FCH, two minutes onstage warm up time is allowed (in addition to the maximum performance time limit).

Rules & Information

The City of Hobart Eisteddfod will only be publishing an online version of the syllabus and receiving online entries. If you or your organisation requires assistance, please email secretary@hobarteisteddfod.com.au.

Entries close Sunday the 26th of April, although late entries can be received online with the addition of a $10 late fee per section entry. The Eisteddfod reserves the right to refuse or accept late entries. Stardom will be accepting entries up until midnight, Friday the 8th of May.

Notification of performance time is only available once the full program has been released.

Please note that any prize amounts shown are indicative and subject to change without notice. Prizes will be confirmed in the released program.

Information is updated regularly on the Eisteddfod's website and Facebook page.

APRA Fee $1.54 Per Entry

Since 2017, there have been significant changes to the way eisteddfods are licensed to use music. This has an impact on the City of Hobart Eisteddfod. These changes are out of the control of the City of Hobart Eisteddfod but have forced the imposition of an APRA license fee to be added to each Eisteddfod Entry. This fee is placed on each and every class entry regardless of participant numbers ((Solo), group, choir, band etc) and regardless of the type and amount of items performed in each particular entry.

APRA AMCOS, ARIA and PPCA are rights management organisations who secure a financial return (royalties) for performers, composers and songwriters whose works are used and enjoyed by all Australian organisations, including Eisteddfods. You may have a licence with all or some of these organisations.


1.    Acceptance of Entries

a.     Entries must be lodged within the specified period, complete in all details and accompanied by the correct fees, by online entry. Credit/Debit cards facilities are provided by the online entry system which incur no additional fees. 

b.    By submitting the entry form you, or the person on whose behalf it is submitted, are acknowledging that you unconditionally agree to be bound by these conditions. 

c.     Entry fees are not refundable except when an event is cancelled. 

d.    Entry fees cannot be transferred to another event should entrants change their mind after final timetabling.

2.    General Conditions

  1. An administration fee of $3.30 is charged per online entry. A single entry may be used for multiple sections and discipline entries for multiple competitors. In addition, an APRA license fee of $1.54 cents per section entry will be automatically calculated and added to each online entry. This fee is regardless of the number of performers in each section.
  2. Entry may be made in any sections listed within the entrant’s age group. Age will be taken as at 1 May 2020. For a competitor to be eligible for an age-specific special award, entrants aged 18 and under must have their age specified on the entry form.
  3. Participants in graded sections may enter no more than two grades per instrument. The grades must be consecutive.
  4. Previous City of Hobart Eisteddfod winning items (i.e. first prize) may not be performed again by the same competitor.
  5. Entrants must check the section number, category and age group for each competitor on their entry, as contestants may not move from one section to another or change the order of performance once that discipline has commenced, unless approved by the Executive Committee of the City of Hobart Eisteddfod Society (EC).
  6. In the case of an irregular entry, in exceptional circumstances, the EC at its discretion, may permit the contestant/s to perform and receive a report but they will not be eligible for an award.
  7. The EC reserves the right to remove or combine sections which have fewer than three entrants.
  8. The EC reserves the right to allow variances of all rules and guidelines at their discretion, and to decide on any matter not covered by all listed rules and guidelines. Decisions of this nature will be deemed final without further question.
  9. Behaviour: A high standard of decorum is expected from all participants and patrons. Behaviour which is contrary to the spirit of the event, especially if directed at Eisteddfod representatives, adjudicators or entrants, will result in the offender/s being asked to leave. Offending entrants or entrants associated with offenders will be disqualified and may incur future bar. The EC will deal with any issues of this nature, as it deems appropriate.
  10. Alarm watches, mobile phones and other electronic equipment must be turned to silent.
  11. Protests: A protest must be in writing, signed and lodged with the convenor within an hour of the reason for the protest occurring. Protests must be accompanied by a $15 fee. This amount will be forfeited if the protest is considered invalid, or is over-ruled by the EC, and refundable if the protest is upheld. Protests can be made only by competitors, their teachers, parents or guardians. Any protest will be referred to the EC and the resulting decision will be final and accepted without further question.
  12. Volunteers and Adjudicator(s) are not permitted to advise, interpret, or vary any rules, conditions or any aspect of the conduct of the Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod Committee will not accept responsibility for any outcome arising from such unauthorised actions.
  13. The City of Hobart Eisteddfod Society does not accept liability for loss or injury to persons or property during the Eisteddfod.

3.    Choice of Material

  1. All items are own choice, but care should be taken that items chosen comply with the requirements as itemised for the section and category in the syllabus. The quality of choice will be taken into consideration.
  2. Vocal, Choral and Drama items in sections other than Open should be age appropriate. All items chosen for the Highlights Concert must be free of strong language and offensive material.Please be aware that lyrics may have to be modified for this audience.
  3. A work may only be performed once, and not repeated in other sections of the same annual City of Hobart Eisteddfod (excepting Nelle Ashdown Memorial Award and Music Theatre Cabaret Award).

4.    Check-in Requirements

  1. Entrants must check in and present adjudicator’s copy at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement time of each section in which entry has been made. Entrants whose adjudicator’s copies are not available before the beginning of a section may become ineligible for an award.
  2. Copies must be clean and legible, and should have attached the official check-in slip available from the check-in desk or downloadable from the website, with details of section number, entry number and entrant’s name, composer/author and composition title/s. The accompanist’s part for instrumental and vocal solos and choirs should be included. Bars must be numbered at the beginning of each stave (line). If accompaniments have been abridged, this should be marked in the adjudicator’s copy.
  3. Copyright: By the terms of the Eisteddfod’s copyright licence, photocopied material provided for the adjudicator is not returned and must be destroyed by the Eisteddfod Committee. Participants are not permitted to perform from photocopied material unless the original is given to the adjudicator. Exception: printed copies of legally downloaded material are acceptable and should be marked as such if they are to be returned.
  4. Competitors who do not intend to compete in a section for which they have entered should as a courtesy notify the Secretary to that effect 24 hours before the time appointed for that particular section.

5.    Performance

  1. Competitors are asked to announce clearly the titles and composers/authors of their items.
  2. Competitors are responsible for providing their own equipment, including percussion equipment and amplification. Competitors in groups should provide their own music stands. Only two music stands are provided at the Town Hall.
  3. Instruments requiring amplification are allowed only for Instrumental Group sections 960 to 1020, and 1070.
  4. The order of performance will be as published in the official program. The EC reserves the right to alter or amend the program in any way.
  5. Any entrant who has not checked in or who is not present at the required time may forfeit the right to perform. Please ensure that your accompanist is also available at the required time. NB: Bear in mind that competitors often play well within time limits. Withdrawals also affect section commencement times.
  6. Entrants are expected to be prepared for their event at the time of performance.
  7. An event with an EST will never commence before this time but may commence after this time if the proceeding event or division runs overtime.

6.    Time Limits

  1. Performers and teachers should ensure that works selected fit comfortably within the time limit, to allow for flexibility within the performance. Accompaniment may be abridged. Performances which exceed the time limit may be deemed ineligible for an award.
  2. Performances will be timed from the first to the last note of the contestant or accompanist, excluding tuning. For recitals and other sections with more than one piece, applause and time between pieces is not timed. Exceptions: sections 1070, 1479 and 1490, where the entire performance is timed, excluding only applause.

7.    Accompaniment

  1. Works composed with accompaniment should be performed with an accompanist.
  2. Entrants should make their own arrangements for an accompanist. If needed, seewww.hobarteisteddfod.comfor alist of suggested accompanists. Please ensure that the accompanist is available at the required time.
  3. If an accompanist is not present at the time a contestant is due to perform, the contestant may forfeit the right to perform (this decision will be at the discretion of the EC).
  4. Recorded accompaniment is not permitted.

8.    Adjudication

  1. Adjudication decisions will be final, but the EC has the right to advise and, if necessary, overrule the adjudicator in situations where the adjudicator requires clarification regarding syllabus specifics.
  2. In addition to monetary awards listed, Award Certificates and Certificates of Merit are usually awarded in all sections. The EC reserves the right to combine or withhold awards upon the advice of the adjudicator. Written reports are provided for all entrants and are available at the end of each session from the check-in desk.
  3. The Eisteddfod Committee reserves the right to appoint an assistant or substitute adjudicator if an advertised adjudicator becomes unavailable.
  4. Performers should refrain from entering a category if they have been taught or mentored by the adjudicator of that category in the six months prior to the commencement of the Eisteddfod.

9.    Media

  1. Photographs, video and audio recordings of actual performances are permitted as long as there are no disturbances and the recording/photo is not publicly broadcast.
  2. The Eisteddfod Committee reserves the right to record, film, broadcast, telecast, videotape or photograph any entrant, item or event in the Eisteddfod without notification and any such photograph, recording or broadcast may be used at the Eisteddfod’s discretion for publicity or promotional purposes, but shall not necessarily constitute an endorsement of any participants, and no remuneration or compensation whatsoever shall be attributable to any participants so featured.
  3. The Eisteddfod Committee, at its sole discretion, may promote or publicise the profile of any entrant and their participation, and publish names and suburbs in competition results, including photos via electronic and printed media at its discretion.

10. Eisteddfod Highlights Concert 

  1. Winners of Perpetual trophies and Special Awards will be invited to receive their award at the Highlights concert and may also be invited to perform at the concert on Thursday 2 July 2020.
  2. Award winners (conditional) of the Open Operatic Aria, the Open Pianoforte Recital and the Open Instrumental Recital will be required to perform in the Highlights Concert to be eligible for the Nelle Ashdown Memorial Award.
  3. Award winners (conditional) of the Open Music Theatre Award and the Open Cabaret Award will be required to perform in the Highlights Concert to be eligible for the Musical Theatre Cabaret Award.

The City of Hobart Eisteddfod Conditions of Entry are revised and updated annually.

0900 Mallet Percussion (Solo)     Open

Entry: $15.001st $100          2nd $50          HC Merit Certificates          
0910 Snare Drum or Drum Kit (Solo)     Open

Notated and unaccompanied works only.

Entry: $15.001st $100          2nd $50          HC Merit Certificates          
0930 Timpani (Solo)     Open

Works for up to four timpani. Unaccompanied works only.

Entry: $15.001st $100          2nd $50          HC Merit Certificates          
0970 Entertainment Group     Year 6 & Under

9 or more performers

Entry: $25.001st Trophy          2nd Award Certificate          HC Certificates of Merit          
0990 Entertainment Group     Year 8 & Under

9 or more performers.

Entry: $25.001st Trophy          2nd Award Certificate          HC Certificates of Merit          
1000 Instrumental or Orchestral Group     Year 12 & Under

9 or more performers.

Entry: $25.001st Trophy          2nd Award Certificate          HC Certificates of Merit          
1010 Brass or Concert Band     Year 12 & Under

16 or more performers.

Entry: $25.001st Trophy          2nd Award Certificate          HC Certificates of Merit          
1020 Jazz or Stage Band     Year 12 & Under

Vocalist permitted. 16 or more performers.

Entry: $25.001st Trophy          2nd Award Certificate          HC Certificates of Merit          
1070 Entertainment Group     Open

Any combination of instruments. Vocalist permitted. 9 or more performers.

Tassal C/o Kylie Baxter: kylie.baxter@tassal.com.au

Entry: $25.001st $750          2nd $250          HC Certificates of Merit