Katarina Perkins during the Junior Ballet Championships as part of the 44th Gladstone Eisteddfod at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
Katarina Perkins during the Junior Ballet Championships as part of the 44th Gladstone Eisteddfod at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. Luka Kauzlaric

Keepsake feature celebrates eidsteddfod talent

BREATHTAKING moves, expressive faces, beautiful symphonies and plenty of talent were on display at the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod.

From nervous eight-year-olds playing the flute to seniors in the Bible Reading section, all performers must be commended on giving it their all on stage.

Held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, the month-long event was a showcase of vocal, dance, speech and drama and instrumental.

Known as the friendly eisteddfod, plenty of entrants from outside of central Queensland enjoyed the healthy competition.

Eisteddfod media officer Dulcie Benn sat in on most of the performances and was highly impressed with the standard.

"I enjoyed all of the sessions I was privileged to attend, so choosing highlights is a challenge," she said.

"But one solo dancer who filled me with deep admiration was when, half way through her energetic, varied three minute routine, the recorded musical accompaniment stopped.

"She continued without missing beat, to the audience's delight."

"Another particularly delightful session was tiny tots six years and under, remembering a complicated tap dancing routine and moving their arms and fingers with amazing grace while attired in gorgeous costumes."

Ms Benn said entering an eisteddfod is the best thing a young person can do, particularly for those interested in the music field.

"The benefits of the discipline gained will assist them for the rest of their lives," she said.

"When scanning resumes prospective employers often note an interest in music because the discipline helps them to hone their skills in performing detailed work."

Don't miss Tuesday's Observer for a special eight-page feature with full results and great photos from this year's eisteddfod.



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