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Nick Shirrefs and daugh­ter Clara put a comedic twist on a pi­ano per­for­mance in the 2019 Wim­mera Mu­sic Eisteddfod. The eisteddfod re­turned af­ter a year’s hia­tus at Hor­sham Town Hall at the week­end, of­fer­ing mu­si­cians from across western Vic­to­ria the chance to com­pete in 52 cat­e­gories, with seven new events in­clud­ing a ‘Fam­ily Groups’ sec­tion.

Melbourne-based ad­ju­di­ca­tors of a 2019 Wim­mera Mu­sic Eisteddfod were so im­pressed with the stan­dard of re­gional tal­ent at the week­end they have pledged a yearly do­na­tion for the event.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which ran across three days at Hor­sham Town Hall, re­turned af­ter a year’s ab­sence with a re­vi­talised pro­gram fea­tur­ing seven new cat­e­gories.

Or­gan­is­ing mem­ber Vene­tia El­bourne-hobbs said a new ‘Fam­ily Groups Sec­tion’ pro­duced per­for­mances of such high cal­i­bre that vis­it­ing judges said they would do­nate an in­def­i­nite an­nual $100 prize for the cat­e­gory.

She said their do­na­tion was tes­ti­mony to the mu­sic and per­form­ing arts tal­ent of re­gional peo­ple.

“The Fam­ily Groups Sec­tion was a stand-out, it was fun and en­ter­tain­ing,” she said.

“The chil­dren are amaz­ing. But when they per­form with their par­ents, their tal­ent just goes to an­other level.

“There was a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere and that came across to the ad­ju­di­ca­tors.

“They loved the venue and felt wel­come here.

“And these are judges who have trav­elled four hours to get here and have seen many eisteddfod­s.”

Also mak­ing an im­pres­sion were win­ners of the event’s three ma­jor awards, with Si­mon Dandy col­lect­ing the Alex Rathge­ber Solo Cham­pion award, Liam Robert­son, ‘Most Promis­ing Vo­cal Student’ and An­gela Rose­warne, ‘Most Promis­ing Pi­ano Student’.

Mrs El­bourne-hobbs said one of the event’s big­gest high­lights was the level of com­mu­nity sup­port.

“We had a full pro­gram and had lots of en­tries from the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Cather­ine Bates, a teacher at Nhill Col­lege, ac­tu­ally brought along 42 stu­dents to per­form.

“I can’t say enough about all the busi­nesses that sup­ported us and the vol­un­teers in­volved.

“Ev­ery­one did ev­ery­thing beau­ti­fully.

“We’ve got some lit­tle ideas to make it bet­ter next time, be­cause it didn’t com­pletely run as smoothly as we would have liked, but that’s an eisteddfod, it is like fly­ing by the seat of your pants some­times – it’s some­thing we will sort out for next year.”


FATHERDAUG­HTER DUO: Kir­rily and Si­mon Dandy per­form at the Wim­mera Mu­sic Eisteddfod. Mr Dandy won the Alex Rathge­ber Solo Cham­pion award for his vo­cal per­for­mance at the week­end. For more pic­tures from the show­case visit www.the­weekly ad­ver­

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