How do I know if my choir is “A” Grade or “B” Grade?

As you would appreciate, defining an A Grade and a B Grade Primary choir for the purpose of the Eisteddfod can be quite difficult.  In an effort to help teachers make that decision we tried to define criteria that would make the distinction a little more clear.  This was instigated prior to the 2017 eisteddfod.  These criteria remain the same for 2018. In the Instrumental Sections different levels of music could be prescribed for each grade.

In the Choral Sections no such levels are available, however we did not want to create a situation where smaller or less experienced choirs felt they could not compete because they were challenged by singing in harmony.  Thus the following distinctions were made so that in all grades, a level playing field was set:

P-4 “B” Grade Choirs must sing two songs in unison.

P-4 “A” Grade Choirs must sing at least one of their songs in two or more parts.  This   means that they can sing both songs in parts, or one song in unison and one song in parts.

Primary School “B” Grade Choirs must sing one of their songs in unison, and their second choice may be in unison or two parts.

Primary School “A” Grade Choirs must sing both songs in two or more parts.

These distinctions are, of course, clearly defined in the Eisteddfod Schedule in each of the section rules.  But we know that often amidst the hustle and bustle of managing classes, choirs, family life and everything else a teacher has to do, that some little things can be overlooked.

I hope this helps a little in deciding on the capabilities of your choirs and which sections they are most suited to.

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