En­tries open for re­vi­talised eisteddfod

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Mu­si­cians from across western Vic­to­ria will have a chance to gauge their abil­ity in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment at a re­vi­talised Wim­mera Mu­sic Eisteddfod later this year.

The eisteddfod is back af­ter a year’s ab­sence and or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for en­tries across a broad range of mu­si­cal dis­ci­plines.

Wim­mera Mu­sic Eisteddfod, from July 26 to 28 at Hor­sham Town Hall, will be a purely mu­si­cal com­pe­ti­tion with sec­tions in­clud­ing piano, strings, wood­wind, gui­tar, voice, choir and city bands.

Fea­tur­ing Mel­bourne ad­ju­di­ca­tors, it will cover var­i­ous lev­els from be­gin­ners to ad­vanced or adult and in­clude a ‘fam­ily fun’ sec­tion in­volv­ing fam­ily mu­si­cal en­sem­bles.

Eisteddfod spokes­woman Leti­tia Dowl­ing said en­tries had opened with an in­vi­ta­tion for mu­si­cians across the Wim­mera, Mallee and Western Dis­trict to be part of the first com­pe­ti­tion in Hor­sham Town Hall.

“We’re keen to get the eisteddfod back on its feet and pro­vide a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for mu­si­cians where they can gain con­fi­dence, build skills, get im­par­tial feed­back and put ev­ery­thing they have been learn­ing to the test,” she said.

Hor­sham School of Mu­sic vo­cal teacher Lisa Thomas said the eisteddfod was a chance for mu­si­cians to mea­sure them­selves against other per­form­ers and for mu­si­cal stu­dents to sharpen their skills.

“Mu­si­cal arts have come to the fore­front in our re­gion and we are adopt­ing a fresh ap­proach to the eisteddfod and in­tro­duc­ing new sec­tions to make it more invit­ing and less in­tim­i­dat­ing,” she said.

“Play­ing or singing in com­pe­ti­tion is also ideal for school or exam stu­dents. It pro­vides an­other level of feed­back.”

The eisteddfod’s re­turn in­cludes con­fir­ma­tion that Hor­sham-born stage per­former Alex Rathge­ber will be pa­tron of the eisteddfod’s new vo­cal cham­pi­onship event.

Rathge­ber, now a pro­fes­sional and in­ter­na­tional en­ter­tainer, was a reg­u­lar com­peti­tor at the eisteddfod when de­vel­op­ing his craft.

The new cham­pi­onship sec­tion es­tab­lishes an av­enue for vo­cal stu­dents to show­case their skills.

Mrs Dowl­ing said the com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment of­ten brought out the best in mu­si­cians at var­i­ous lev­els, which was a bonus for au­di­ence mem­bers.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come along dur­ing the three days to sup­port com­peti­tors and watch the per­for­mances un­fold,” she said.

“One of the great things about the eisteddfod is al­ways the di­ver­sity of mu­si­cal gen­res on show.”

Peo­ple can en­ter the eisteddfod on­line at www.star­dom.com.au.

Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

RE­HEARSAL: Hor­sham singing teacher Lisa Thomas with stu­dents Ella Lloyd, Penny Lopez-o’don­nell, Ella Dowl­ing, Cloe Jen­nings, Rhi­anna Wil­liams and Zara Ni­chols.

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