Once again this year the National Eisteddfod is looking to reward an original song in an acoustic style, with the winner of the competition receiving the Sbardun Trophy and £500.
The competition celebrates Alun ‘Sbardun’ Huws’ contribution to the Welsh language music and literature world, as one of our most notable composers.
Elidyr Glyn, a young musician from the Caernarfon area was the first winner of the Trophy at last year’s Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod, and he received the beautiful Trophy by artist Carwyn Evans, to be kept for a year.
Over the past few months, Elidyr has been performing across Wales, and he has also recorded a session for BBC Radio Cymru as the first winner of the Sbardun Trophy, as part of a series of sessions by a number of musicians.
Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, said, “We are very pleased that the Sbardun Trophy competition is being held again this year. The standard of the competition was very high last year, with a number of entries worthy of the Trophy, and I hope we’ll see another great competition again this year in Anglesey.
“We are grateful to Gwenno and Sbardun’s friends for coming to us with the competition, giving Welsh performers and composers a chance to create a new and original song. Sbardun’s contribution to the scene and Wales was immense, and it is fitting that we are able to offer a chance for individuals or groups to compose a song in a similar style to his work, in the name of the Eisteddfod again this year.”
The closing date is 1 April, and the song should be presented on a CD or MP3. Entry forms are available in the list of competitions or online, www.eisteddfod.wales/competing/list-of-competitions. This year’s adjudicators are Linda Griffiths and Dewi Pws.
The Trophy and financial prize have been donated by Sbardun’s wife, Gwenno Huws.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held at Bodedern from 4-12 August. For more information go online.