It’s #Welshlanguagemusicday on Friday, a chance for all type of Welsh music to be performed and promoted across the country.
Alun ‘Sbardun’ Huws was one of our most notable composers, and a new competition will be held as part of the National Eisteddfod from this year onwards to commemorate his contribution to music and literature.
The Sbardun Memorial Trophy Competition will be presented for an original song in an acoustic style. Both the words and the music will have to be original, and collaborations are welcome in this competition. The winning song may be performed at the following year’s Eisteddfod.
The winner will receive the Alun ‘Sbardun’ Huws Memorial Trophy to be held for a year and £500, and both the Trophy and the financial prize have been donated by his widow, Gwenno Huws. The adjudicators are Emyr Huws Jones and Bryn Fôn.
Elfed Roberts, Eisteddfod Chief Executive, said, “The Eisteddfod is grateful to Sbardun’s family and friends for coming to us with the competition, and it is an honour for us to hold the first competition this year as part of the Monmouthshire and District Eisteddfod.
“Sbardun’s contribution to Welsh music 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.”
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.
The Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is held on Castle Meadows, Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August. For more information go online.