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