SET the two weeks from April 11 to 24 aside because the best of the best amateur talent is coming to Maryborough.
Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod, Fraser Coast 2011 takes to the stage at the Brolga Theatre offering a feast of choral singing, solo items, instrumental, speech and drama items by hundreds of quality performers.
More than 800 singers will compete in the choral events alone.
Choral and vocal convenor Julie Morrison said that already a total of 345 entries had been registered which included 176 in vocal/chorus, 111 instrumental and 58 speech and drama.
Juniors will compete from April 11 to 14 and adults from April 21 to 24.
“It is a once in a decade event of this type for our region,” she said.
The Queensland Eisteddfod travels to a different centre each year and has a rotation of about eight years so for the young entrants it is a once in a childhood opportunity.
About half of the adult performers come from around Brisbane with the remainder from regions as far north as Rockhampton.
Most are accompanied by partners and family, making this a significant event in terms of visitors to the region.
Ms Morrison said that in the past three years there had been renewed in interest in choirs and a lift in the standard.
“The choir competitions on television increased interest in choral singing and we are trying to improve public perception.
“While there is some beautiful old music for choirs, that is not necessarily relevant to the younger generation so it is important to have a wide variety of music to sing.”
During the welcome concert on Easter Saturday night, the massed men's choir will sing the Welsh National Anthem then all the choral competitors will sing the Australian National Anthem.
“That's pretty awesome stuff that no choral fan would want to miss,” Ms Morrison said.
Tickets are on sale at the Brolga Theatre, the Transit Centre at Centro Hervey Bay and the Torquay Post Office or can be bought online at www.brolgatheatre.org