Call­ing all tal­ented vo­cal­ists, mu­si­cians

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

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/.

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