Gladstone's certainly got talent
THE sweet sounds of music will resonate from the Gladstone Entertainment Centre today as day one of this year's Gladstone Eisteddfod gets under way.
Opening the program of performances will be the instrumental and vocal sections.
Adjudicator for these sections will be the renowned composer of opera, chamber music and musicals, Dr Robert Keane.
The first musical director of the Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Orchestra, Dr Keane will preside over a wealth of local and state talent taking the stage over the next eight days.
After months of rehearsals, and for some years of preparation, there will still be pre-performance nerves among many of the 3000 competitors to sing, dance, recite and play for audiences.
Gladstone Eisteddfod Association publicity officer Marguerita Dobrinin said to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event two former locals who had come through the Gladstone Eisteddfod ranks would adjudicate this year.
Former Gladstone boy Dale Pengelly, who had had a successful international career on the music theatre stage, would adjudicate the dance section. Teacher and adjudicator Moira McCormick would judge speech and drama.
Ms Dobrinin said while a bulk of the competitors were local there were some travelling from Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Biloela, Mackay and even Brisbane.
“It is lovely for our local people to experience the opportunity of competing and to learn from the adjudicators through feedback provided,” Ms Dobrinin said.
“We also get to see how our local talent stacks up against our outside competitors.”