Calling all talented vocalists, musicians
CELLIST Blair Harris plays for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra but he still lists his greatest achievement as winning the Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition in Townsville.
The Melbourne-based professional musician is currently on tour in North Queensland as part of his prize for winning the overall title last year.
Despite a long history in the industry, beating international musical talent shocked the 28-year-old.
‘‘ I don’t tend to enter this sort of competition especially since I started working,’’ he said. ‘‘ It is incredibly stressful. ‘‘ You have to learn the piece b y m e m o r y a n d i t t a k e s months.’’
While rules prevent Mr Harris from entering the competition again, the event’s director Carol Dall’Osto said there was a range of categories for competitors of different standards.
‘‘ There are a range of sections which are like training wheels for the open category,’’ she said.
‘‘ There are even school-age opportunities.’’
Ms Dall’Osto has been involved in the event since 1991 when the decision was made to hold the competition annually.
With the support and sponsorship of James Cook University, the competition offered prizemoney for the open section, which became truly ‘‘ open’’, in that it was without any geographical or age restrictions.
The competition will be held from July 24 to 28.
For more information go www. nqconcerto. org/.