Jersey Eisteddfod 2015


hand-trophy-gold-jerseyThe competition first began in 2010 and Dee-Sign came away the overall winners. The choir achieved a Gold Award. The highest Award being Platinum, which no-one achieved on that occasion.

Sadly one of the Jersey choir members, Billy Dorkins, passed away at Christmas 2010, The Billy Dorkins Memorial Cup has been dedicated to his memory by his choir.

The competition is adjudicated by Dr.Paul Whittaker OBE who despite being Deaf himself is an accomplished musician.

In 2011 Dee-Sign returned to Jersey to defend their title, this time their junior choir Dee-Sign Dynamix also competed. Again the choir achieved Gold and were the first winners of the Billy Dorkins Memorial Trophy. While Dynamix won a Silver award.

In 2012/13/14 the choir did not compete, as it is an expensive undertaking, and they are in the main a fund raising choir and not a competitive choir.

Since setting up the competition the Eisteddfod have now introduced additional competitive classes, solos, duets, ensembles as well as full choirs, and more UK choirs are participating, so Dee-Sign decided they would enter once again.

Leading up to the date of the competition was hectic, choosing which songs to learn for the event and fitting rehearsals around our bookings.

Our volunteers all funded themselves initially, but it was agreed to try and raise funds during the lead up to the competition in order to try and reimburse some of the costs to members.

We managed to raise just over £4,000, a huge thanks to all who helped. FOR DETAILS PLEASE CLICK HERE

On November 6th 2015, 38 choir members flew to Jersey for their 3rd visit to this wonderful Eisteddfod – the only one that includes a competitive class for British Sign Language (BSL) choirs. We entered 4 Classes –

1 x Solo,
2 x Trios,
Dee-Sign Dynamix Ensemble and
Dee-Sign Senior Choir.

Our soloist achieved a Silver Award, our trios achieved one silver and one gold award, Dee-Sign Dynamix won Gold and the Paul Whittaker Cup, and Dee-Sign Seniors achieved PLATINUM with 90 marks and the Billy Dorkins Memorial Trophy.

What a wonderful weekend that was. Our aim was Platinum and ‘WE DID IT‘.

We celebrated into the early hours, before having an enjoyable tour of the Island before returning home to the UK tired but very happy.

Please click below link to watch our performance on “Aint No Mountain High Enough” at Jersey Eisteddfod 2015