Eisteddfod to be Easter treat
THROUGHOUT southern Queensland performers are practising and putting the final polish on their performances for the 117th Queensland Heritage Eisteddfod to be held in Gympie over Easter.
Gympie competitor Mary Allen is preparing for multiple performances in vocal, speech, choir, string ensemble and recorder sections.
She has been the winner of the Arion Singers Trophy for the Most Promising Performer, 14 years and under for three of the past four years.
While practicing her vocal pieces at singing teacher Brian Goldburg’s studio in Gympie, Mary said she was excited at the prospect of performing in the Queensland Eisteddfod.
Most performances for the junior sections will take place in the week before Easter, with the senior sections, including the massed choirs, occurring Easter Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
All session are open to the public and programs are now available at Gympie Musicland.
The Goldburg family has had a long history with the eisteddfod.
Brian first commenced his association with a performance in 1951, while Margo’s great-grandfather performed at the first eisteddfod.
Brian said the Queensland Eisteddfod was special for the area and he was happy to continue his association by assisting performers to give their best.
“The level of the performances both by locals and visitors is very high, and this is often mentioned by the adjudicators,” he said.
“In the years when we are fortunate to have the Queensland Eisteddfod, our performers get a chance to also hear the very best in the state and this, in turn, helps improve their performances.”
The first session starts at 7pm on Monday, March 29, and concludes on Sunday, April 4.
The level of the performances both by locals and visitors is very high, and this is often mentioned by the adjudicators”