Recorders rating highly: convener

Nat Bromhead

FROM piano championships to recorder ensembles, there was plenty of beautiful music happening in the Brolga Theatre yesterday.

Day four of the 2011 Maryborough Eisteddfod featured mainly instrumental events, including an expanded recorder section music convener Kim Simmington said.

“We've noticed a significant jump in the number of recorder entries this year,” she said. “This shows more music teachers are putting students into recorder groups.”

Ms Simmington said one of the highlights was an ensemble of percussionists taking out first place in a primary school event.

“We've been very impressed by the talent of the children taking part and the variety of instruments we've seen on stage.”

Today will be another action-packed day with mostly instrumental competitions including solos in piano, brass, woodwind and strings.

Members of the public are more than welcome to pop by this evening to watch older competitors take part in the piano championships and instrumental of vocal solos composed by the competitor.

More than 1000 local students are participating in the eisteddfod across more than 700 performances.

This year three promising young performers will be awarded a bursary during the awards ceremony. The recipients will be chosen by the adjudicators.

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