Mass choir welcomes competitors
IT is the lull in the eye of the eisteddfod storm for the Brolga Theatre this week.
With the children’s section of the Queensland Eisteddfod now completed, preparations are underway for the adults’ events, which are expected to bring more than 1000 people into Maryborough.
Queensland Eisteddfod Fraser Coast committee president Peter Leney said more than 800 of those people would be performing all at one time, during the welcome ceremony on Saturday night.
“It will be a pretty impressive performance, certainly one of the highlights,” Mr Leney said.
“They will sing the Welsh national anthem, followed by the Australian national anthem.”
There will be a reception on Thursday evening to welcome the choir leaders, sponsors and committee, before the performances begin on Friday.
The three days of adult performances will also feature a feast of choral singing, solo items, and instrumental and speech and drama items by hundreds of quality performers.
Choral and vocal convenor Julie Morrison said 345 entries had been registered which included 176 in vocal/chorus, 111 instrumental and 58 in speech and drama.
“The choir competitions on television have increased interest in choral singing and we are trying to improve the public perception.”
Tickets for the eisteddfod are on sale at the Brolga Theatre, the Transit Centre at Centro, Hervey Bay and the Torquay Post Office.
They can also be bought online at www.brolgatheatre.org.