CONTESTANT: Varsicka Kularadhan performs in the Piano Solo (Other than Bach, Sonata/Sonatina) segment of the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod.
CONTESTANT: Varsicka Kularadhan performs in the Piano Solo (Other than Bach, Sonata/Sonatina) segment of the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod. LUKA Kauzlaric

Plenty of talent on show as eisteddfod begins

GLADSTONE'S 44th City Eisteddfod is well under way, a brilliant opening show on Sunday giving the public a taste of the talented display of arts to come over the month.

Day one saw piano solos, string ensembles, stage bands, violin solos and saxophone solos take place, as participants confidently went on stage in front of family, friends and adjudicators at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

Chanel College, Gladstone State High, St Stephen's Lutheran College, Tannum Sands State High and Toolooa State High competed in over three categories, combining their instruments to perform modern and classic renditions of songs such as The Final Countdown.

There are about 3000 entries for the over 74 instrumental, 90 dance, 40 vocal and 60 speech categories.

The Instrumental section finishes tomorrow. Speech and Drama runs from September 7-10, Vocal section from September 14-16 and Dance from September 21-26.

Children and adults have been practising intensely for their big moment, so head down to the GECC.

For a copy of the 2014 programme, head to Spar Express, Boyne Mitre 10, Clinton Park Newsagency, Anthony Breed's College of Music. The booklets are $10.

WHAT'S ON WEDNESDAY

Session 9: from 8.30am

  • Mixed brass solo - 10 years and under
  • Mixed brass solo - 11 and 12 years
  • Woodwind instruments duo/trio - 10 years and under
  • Woodwind instruments duo/trio - 11 and 12 years
  • Woodwind and/or brass and/or percussion duo/trio -10 years and under
  • Woodwind and/or brass and/or percussion duo/trio - 11 and 12 years
  • Recorder band/ensemble - Primary schools

Session 10: from 1pm

  • Piano duet - 12 years and under
  • Piano duet - 13 to 18 years
  • Fretted instrumental solo - 12 years and under
  • Fretted instrumental solo - 13 to18 years

Session 11: from 7pm

  • Strings duo/trio - 13 to 18 years
  • Instrumental solo - 19 years and over


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