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Eisteddfod interest thrills our organisers

Saturday, 20th August, 2011

TALENTED: Jemimah Hender (front) from Mildura will be competing at the BH Eisteddfod this weekend. TALENTED: Jemimah Hender (front) from Mildura will be competing at the BH Eisteddfod this weekend.

By John Casey Managing Editor

 More than 400 entries - including a healthy number from interstate - along with a $3000 prize pool suggests the 42nd annual Broken Hill Eisteddfod will again be a roaring success when it gets underway at the Civic Centre tomorrow.

The week-long event will bring together some of the city’s most talented performers in various facets of the arts including dance, vocal and instrumental along with speech and drama.

A company of some 30 performers from Mildura will converge on BH for the piano section and their teacher, Megs Sullivan, says they are all looking forward to the event.

“I participated last year in the BH Eisteddfod as an accompanist and I was so impressed with the event that I decided to bring a team this time around,” Ms Sullivan told the BDT from Mildura.

“Broken Hill has always enjoyed a good reputation for the standard of its eisteddfod and I can recall entrants from the city regularly coming to the Mildura event and doing well.

“I think there is a lot to be gained by bringing a large group of performers to Broken Hill and if all goes well I’ll consider making it an annual event,” Ms Sullivan added.

BH Eisteddfod Society President Joan Roper said she was “thrilled” with the interest from interstate.

“It is always pleasing to see people from out of town involved because it gives our entrants a chance to measure themselves against outside competition,” Mrs Roper said.

A number of the Mildura entrants have already achieved accolades at their local eisteddfod in June and their program will range from Beethoven and Mozart Sonatas to jazz pieces and some “very entertaining” duets.

“It is great to have other people enjoy your performance and it is a good time of year for some of my students as they will be sitting exams in November,” Ms Sullivan explained.

“Having a quality judge like Adelaide’s Bill Broughton is also a major motivation to take part in Broken Hill as he will be able to provide a worthwhile critique of my students,” Ms Sullivan continued.

A composer/artist/conductor/producer and now author, Mr Broughton was an adjudicator at the BH Eisteddfod in 2009 and organisers are delighted to have obtained his services again.

His career started in 1968 as a studio musician and led him to play lead trombone for motion picture studios in Hollywood as well as composing for television programs such as “Quincy, M.E.”.

The varied talents of the eisteddfod will be on show from 9.30am each day and the Barrier Daily Truth is proud to be associated with the 42nd annual staging of the event.

We will again be contributing prize money in the Vocal section and encourage everyone to support the event, which will showcase some of our finest talents looking to do BH proud against their interstate rivals.

“Some of my students are very talented and I am sure patrons will really enjoy the performances,” Ms Sullivan said.


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