MARYBOROUGH Eisteddfod opened to The Sound of Music yesterday, with children from Maryborough Central State School singing the classic Do-Re-Mi.
The 37-strong choir, made up of children in years 2 and 3, also raised their voices in a song called Penguin.
“They've been practising in class-time and they're all excited to be here,” music teacher Kathryn Bryant said.
Also competing in the Prep to Year 3 choral section was the Tinana State School, with 49 children singing an Aboriginal lullaby called Inanay and We Are Australian.
Eisteddfod president Irene Smith said yesterday was an “organised mad-house”, with more than 700 children turning up for the first day of the five-day event.
“There was 74 children in the Maryborough West choir alone,” Mrs Smith said.
“There will be well over 1000 taking part throughout the week.”
Mrs Smith said the popularity of eisteddfods had grown with the rise of musical reality television shows.
“Show like Australia's Got Talent expose children to music and performance, and show they can do it from a young age,” she said.
“More music teachers and schools are getting on board as well. It's definitely a growing event.”
Today's performances will include public speaking, and speech and drama as well as musical theatre.
Duets and the instrumental programs will take place later in the week.
Each of the four categories — vocal and choral; literary; instrumental; and speech and drama — will be judged by experienced adjudicators.
For more information, visit www.maryborougheisteddfod.com.