Boroondara Eisteddfod online

The 2020 Boroondara Eisteddfod will take place online from 16 April to 19 June.

This year’s competition will take place online. Entrants will upload a video of their performance for the adjudicators to review.


Registrations for the 2020 Boroondara Eisteddfod solo sections are now closed.

Registrations and submissions for the 2020 Boroondara Eisteddfod Virtual Ensemble Competition close at 5pm on 12 June, 2020

Virtual ensemble requirements

  • Entries must be a single video, featuring layered or consecutive performances by individuals in isolation to make a cohesive ensemble performance.
  • The competition is open exclusively to any ensemble that was entered in the 2020 Boroondara Eisteddfod.
  • There is no restriction on size, age and instrumentation or vocal arrangement of the ensemble.
  • Video file size is limited to 1 GB.
  • The video must be made for the Boroondara Eisteddfod and not be a previously created video.
  • The ensemble must agree that the City of Boroondara can use the video on their website and social media platforms.

Virtual ensemble judging criteria

Performances will be judged based on:

  • Choice of repertoire
  • Musicality of ensemble
  • Video presentation.

Submit a virtual ensemble performance

Register at Entrants will be sent a unique video upload link within 24 hours of registration.

Submissions close at 5pm on 12 June 2020.

Solo performance requirements

  • Performances must be recorded in a single, continuous shot.
  • Any edits of the performance will result in the disqualification of the entrant. Edits to the introduction are allowed.
  • The recording must have been made for the Boroondara Eisteddfod. Existing recordings are not allowed.
  • You do not need to submit any sheet music.

Entrants will not be judged on the quality of the recording or the quality of their instrument, they will only be judged on the quality of the performance.


At the start of the video, you must clearly state:

  • your name
  • the section in which you are competing
  • the name of the piece(s) you are playing.

This introduction will not be judged by the adjudicators and will have no impact on the competitor’s score or report. However, it is a requirement of entry.

This introduction may be made by a parent or guardian.

Video size

The maximum file upload size is 4 GB.

Video format

We accept any video format.

You can record your video using any device.

File name

Name your video file with the first and last name of the performer and the name of the piece being performed. All words should be separated by a space. For example: 'Bob Smith Ave Maria.mp4'.

Changing the file name (iPhone and iPad)

  1. Open the Files App on your iPhone/iPad
  2. Tap on Browse at the bottom right and locate the document
  3. Long press on the video thumbnail in the Files App
  4. Choose ‘Rename’ from the context menu
  5. Type the new video name, overriding the old one in the text box
  6. Tap Done once complete

Changing the file name (Android)

  1. Open your file manager (this is usually an app called File Manager, My Files, or Files)
  2. Find the video you wish to rename
  3. Long press on the video thumbnail so that a blue checkmark appears (don't open the image, just select it)
  4. Select the contextual menu (three dots), then press 'Rename'
  5. Rename the file and save

Submit a performance

When submissions for your section are open, you will receive an email with a link to the submission page.

  1. On the submission page, enter your details, including:
    • your name
    • your registered email address
    • the section you are competing in
    • the name of the piece(s) being performed.
  2. Upload your video.
  3. You will see a message saying, "Success. Your file has been uploaded." There is no confirmation email.

We will be available to help competitors submit their video performances during business hours.

For help submitting your video, or to change your file name or competitor details after you've submitted the video, contact us.


Accompaniment requirements have been lifted for all sections. If you wish to perform unaccompanied, there will be no penalty.

If you booked an official accompanist for your performance at Hawthorn Arts Centre, they will still be available to record and send you a backing track to perform with.

Entrants may use their own accompanist by private arrangement.

Official accompanists

Please contact accompanists directly to arrange your backing track recording. 

The official accompanist must be advised of repertoire directly by the entrant no later than 14 days prior to the scheduled event.

The accompanist fee is paid directly to your accompanist and covers the performance only. 

If you would like extra rehearsal time with your accompanist via video chat or phone, this can be arranged directly with the accompanist and they will bill you separately for this as applicable.

Section Accompanist Email address
Classical Vocal Jodie Lockyer [email protected]
Brass Jodie Lockyer [email protected]
Strings (non-competitive) Anne Lewitzka [email protected]
Strings (competitive) Nicholas Young [email protected]
Woodwind Anne Lewitzka [email protected]
Musical Theatre Nicholas Young [email protected]


Each section has a two-day submission period for competitors to submit their video performances. To see the dates, select your section from the section list below.

Section requirements

Section requirements and registration information can be found by clicking on the sections in the list below.

Participants can register for multiple sections, with the exception of those registering in a section titled ‘Non-Competitive’ who cannot register for a competitive section within the same category.

Age-specific sections

For age-specific sections, a participant’s age is determined as at 31 December 2020.

Section list

For schedules, requirements and prizes, select your section:

General rules

The Boroondara Eisteddfod rules have been updated to allow for digital submission requirements.

See the 2020 Boroondara Eisteddfod general rules and information.

Contact us

For more information or if you have any questions, contact our Eisteddfod team on 9278 4770 or at [email protected].

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