Eisteddfod gains mo­men­tum

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Wim­mera Mu­sic Eisteddfod will re­turn next year in a new venue.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which has for many years helped un­earth mu­si­cal tal­ent across the re­gion, will be in Hor­sham Town Hall from July 26 to 28.

Or­gan­is­ers can­celled the eisteddfod this year due to the un­avail­abil­ity of Hor­sham’s Wes­ley Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, which is sub­ject to fire-safety in­ves­ti­ga­tions and is closed.

Eisteddfod com­mit­tee mem­ber Leti­tia Dowl­ing said the plan was to bring back the event ‘big­ger and bet­ter’ next year.

“We are only a small com­mit­tee but we re­ally don’t want to see the eisteddfod dis­ap­pear and are keen to bring it back strongly,” she said.

“Main­tain­ing this event is pri­mar­ily about tar­get­ing chil­dren learn­ing mu­si­cal art in the re­gion and pro­vid­ing them with an op­por­tu­nity to show what they can do in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“But it goes be­yond that and we’re keen to con­tinue to pro­mote adult open sec­tions.

“We must en­sure the eisteddfod is in­clu­sive for any­one keen to test them­selves in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ms Dowl­ing said the eisteddfod would, for the time be­ing, re­main purely for mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

“It will be open for pi­ano, brass, wood­wind, vo­cals – what­ever peo­ple are learn­ing in the re­gion,” she said.

“Danc­ing might be part of fu­ture de­vel­op­ment but we’re tak­ing only baby steps at the mo­ment.”

Ms Dowl­ing said the com­mit­tee had also changed a tra­di­tional date from Septem­ber to July to avoid an an­nual clash with a va­ri­ety of sport­ing, school, so­cial and com­mu­nity events.

“To re­gain mo­men­tum we need peo­ple to get back on board or get in­volved,” she said.

“We’ve al­ready sent out emails to teach­ers in schools but if we’ve missed any­one we’re keen for them to get in touch.

“We’ve been ex­plor­ing how other cen­tres op­er­ate their eisteddfods and we will be set­ting up a web­site page and Face­book site.

“So we’re now chal­leng­ing ev­ery­one to start plan­ning and get their mu­si­cal pieces to­gether.”

Ms Dowl­ing said peo­ple could find out more by email­ing wim­mer­a­mu­sic eisteddfod@gmail.com.

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