Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

PER­FORM­ERS are hop­ing to hit the high notes when they com­pete in the Aus­tralian Con­certo and Vo­cal Com­pe­ti­tion this week­end.

The Townsville event, now in its 35th year, brings to­gether some of the na­tion’s best vo­cal­ists and in­stru­men­tal­ists, who will com­pete for a spot in the fi­nals.

Lo­cal singer Bron­wyn Dou­glass will be among the per­form­ers hop­ing to im­press.

Aus­tralian Con­certo and Vo­cal Com­pe­ti­tion di­rec­tor Carol Dall’Osto said per­form­ers were com­ing from across the state, with two also fly­ing up from Syd­ney. There is also a woman trav­el­ling from Moscow.

“It is unique to have a com­pe­ti­tion like this in a re­gional cen­tre,” Ms Dall’Osto said.

“Peo­ple come from

all over. We also haveh ac­com­pa­nists com­ing up from Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane.”

Ms Dall’Osto said many fi­nal­ists and win­ners of­ten went on to com­pete in the ABC Sym­phony Aus­tralia Young Per­form­ers Awards.

“We fin­ish up with two con­certs where the three fi­nal­ists from each of the vo­cals and in­stru­men­tal open cat­e­gories per­form,” she said.

“The stan­dard is so high ... Per­form­ers en­joy be­ing able to per­form and be cri­tiqued.”

School en­sem­bles will also take to the stage. Ms Dall’Osto said the event was of­ten a launch­ing pad for ca­reers in mu­sic.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be held at the Townsville Civic Theatre and starts to­day.

The Open Fi­nals Vo­cal Con­cert will be held on Sun­day from 2pm and the Open Fi­nals In­stru­men­tal Con­cert will be held on Tues­day at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets cost be­tween $ 15 for a child/ school stu­dent and $ 30 for an adult.

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