2017 Program Released

The 2017 Kempsey Eisteddfod Program has been published for participants that have purchased a Program.

Please check your email spam or junk mail folder if your email has not arrived as expected. Printed copies will be delivered by post in the coming days.

For all enquiries please contact the Committee via email or the Contact form on this website.

Program Update

The 2017 Kempsey Eisteddfod Program is under construction and will be available soon for registered participants whom have purchased the Program.

Please Note: The Kempsey Eisteddfod Committee advise that due to section popularity and increase in participants for the Dance Eisteddfod, the dates for Dance have been extended from 1st to 10th July, inclusive. 

As a result of this extended Dance Eisteddfod timing, contrary to the advice in the Syllabus, the Committee is unable to facilitate a Grand Concert this year.


Adjudicator Profile – Sophie McKie

Kempsey Eisteddfod Society welcomes Sophie McKie to adjudicate the 2017 Dance eisteddfod.

Sophie began dancing at Kicks Dance Studio at the age of five where she excelled in all styles from Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop.

In 2005 she was offered her own classes at the same studio and she began her role as teacher, while still continuing to train hard and was awarded a scholarship with West Coast Dance Explosion (USA) in 2007.

Sophie has completed a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and through her study was offered a position with Australian School Dance sharing her passion at Primary Schools all over the Hunter.

At the beginning of 2010 Sophie spent some time in the USA furthering her dance study while forming strong connections with international choreographers and dance teachers, fuelling her love of dance education.

Sophie has been asked to choreograph and perform in many arenas. She has been cast in Newcastle musical theatre productions, music videos and international television commercials. She directed a flash mob for Hunter Education week with Newcastle City Council and has performed as a Dancer and Promotional Model with national and international acts all over NSW in her promotional group Diamond Dancers. Sophie along with her fellow dancers were invited and performed with The Vengaboys in 2013 and were also the main entertainment for the Miss Surfest national final. Sophie has also been a panellist for many auditions and pageants all over the Country.

Sophie has been teaching at a range of studios for the past 10 years throughout NSW, her routines winning awards at a number of competitions. She was also contracted to write syllabus for one of Australia’s biggest preschool ballet companies where she also managed an online dance tutorial channel.

Since 2015 Sophie has adjudicated at many eisteddfods throughout NSW and is incredibly honoured to have been asked to share her vast knowledge and love of dance with students all over Australia. She can’t wait to see what incredible talent Kempsey has to offer!


Adjudicator Profile – Anne Whale

The Kempsey Eisteddfod Society is pleased to host Anne Whale as adjudicator for the 2017 Vocal & Instrumental and Speech & Drama eisteddfods.

Anne is a dedicated and experienced musician with a lifelong love of music. She has enjoyed an extended career as a pianist, singer, teacher and composer.

Teaching Experience

Anne Whale is an experienced and dedicated teacher. Her philosophy is to develop and extend natural talent and creative ability in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.

Her students have regularly impressed judges with the quality of their performances in exams and competitions. Several of her students have become professional music and drama teachers and lecturers in their own right.

She has taught at several schools in Sydney, where she was in charge of the music and liturgy at Kogarah Marist Brothers and Regina Coeli School in Beverly Hills. After teaching in Sydney for several years, Anne moved to Bathurst where she ran a thriving private music studio. She also taught at the Mitchell Conservatorium and several other schools in the area.

Anne now lives and teaches in the Hunter Valley, where she runs a private studio specialising in piano and singing.


Anne is recognized by her peers as a highly competent music adjudicator for eisteddfod, festivals and competitions etc. She is considered fair and honest in her assessment of performances of a wide range of instruments including voice, piano, violin, cello, guitar and piano accordion. She has also taught the Speech and Drama Syllabus for Trinity College, London, and has conducted school and community choirs.


Anne has published a book of inspirational verse and is currently preparing vocal and piano works and poetry for publication. She also gave a recital of her own vocal and instrumental compositions recently at St Josephs Mount in Bathurst and Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and is preparing for further recitals this year.

Music Production

In recent years Anne has produced three concerts at the Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock. In these concerts all the musical items were Anne’s own compositions including choral, instrumental, vocal and piano solo performances.

Anne is also the founder of The Tone Shadows Choir (2006), which has performed for several functions and events in the Hunter Valley.

2017 Registration has closed


Thanks to all participants that have registered for the 2017 Kempsey Eisteddfod. The Committee is diligently reviewing all applications and will advise when the Program has been finalised.

Stardom Registration Payment Update

Notice when using Stardom Registration from mobile devices:

DIRECT DEPOSIT Entries – Some ‘Direct Deposit’ entries by smartphone/tablet devices are being returned to the entrants due to the information not being able to be viewed on smaller devices.

Please ensure that the correct names are put in the name fields as outlined below:
BANK NAME: ‘Coastline Credit Union’
ACCOUNT NAME: ‘Kempsey Eisteddfod’

The Committee will contact Stardom regarding this matter to try to find a solution from mobile devices. Alternatively try selecting “full website” view at the bottom of the corresponding Stardom page or use a computer web browser.

Thank you for your registration and participation at this year’s Kempsey Eisteddfod!

Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2017 Kempsey Eisteddfod is now available from the Stardom website so better message your friends and sign up!

>> Click here to register at www.stardom.com.au <<

For any queries regarding the Syllabus or any other aspect of the 2017 Kempsey Eisteddfod please use the contact button or email the Committee directly. We look forward to your participation this year 🙂

2017 Dance Eisteddfod Syllabus

The 2017 Kempsey Dance Eisteddfod syllabus can be downloaded by clicking HERE

All participants are advised to please read the rules.

The Dance Syllabus has been amended with these important rule clarifications;

1. Some Section numbers may have been altered from previous years
2. Rule 1 regarding age for groups
3. Rule 5 regarding entry errors
4. Rule 30 regarding Substitution
5. Rule 32 regarding bad behaviour
6. Rule 34 regarding inappropriate content
7. Rule 35 regarding cameras in dressing rooms
8. Rule 37 regarding variety solos
There are no changes to Dance section numbers.