Mitchell a boy of many talents
AT just nine years old, Mitchell Ebsworth is a seasoned player.
With at least six eisteddfods under his belt, Mitchell is well on his way to building a career in the music industry.
But while the Gympie South student is very ambitious for his age, his expectations are surprisingly realistic.
"I want to be a music teacher," he said when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. "I'd also like to busk."
Mitchell was inspired to busk when he saw accomplished Gympie fiddler Aidan Patrick take to the street with his violin. The violin is Mitchell's favoured instrument - he's been playing it the longest.
He branched out last year to learn clarinet and adapted to trumpet this year to complete the school ensemble.
Sabine Lehane, 12, of Gympie East, is another multi-instrumentalist thriving in the eisteddfod environment.
She helped her school take first place in the small instrumental ensemble category yesterday, playing clarinet. She also plays saxophone, piano, violin and drums.
"After a few years at the eisteddfod, getting up on stage starts to feel normal," she said.