Young talent shines at show
THE region's young musicians lined up at the Gympie & District Eisteddfod yesterday, as this year's classic got into full swing with individual and group instrumental sessions.
Student musicians in string ensembles, orchestras and bands took to the stage at the Heritage Theatre to compete in a variety of categories, including best stage band, concert band and duet.
There was plenty of nervous energy among first-time eisteddfod entrants, but the young players calmly took to the stage and delivered their best performances.
The contest places a strong emphasis on providing young musicians with a supportive performance environment, while at the same time encouraging a standard of musical excellence.
In response to demand, programs and sections have varied over many years and a country music category has also been included. This year open sections in all art forms are being trialled.
Regular high standards from Gympie's students demonstrate the exceptional work of music teachers, who instruct both privately and at schools around the region.
The region's premier showcase of literature, music and performance kicked off on Sunday with piano solos and duets delivered by children as young as six and seven. Brass instruments took centre stage as the competition progressed into the evening, capped off by recitals from open competitors in categories of piano, woodwind, brass and strings.
Professional adjudicators clearly strive to engage and provide encouragement, guidance and support for all performers, with an overall goal to bring out the best in each child as an individual and as a member of the group.
The eisteddfod's main aim is to provide a positive environment for young musicians to perform competitively, which results in a high standard of entertainment.