Gladstone eisteddfod vocal program begins

THE speech and drama program of the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod has wrapped up and the vocal program will begin on Sunday for what is expected to be an excellent week of singing talent.

Hundreds of children competed in more than 18 categories of speech and drama over the past week, battling the nerves and excitement of performing on stage.

Adjudicator Margaret Gallagher said the standard of performance has been high.

"There's a good standard here," she said on the last day of speech and drama.

"The drama and characterisation is very good, everything is polished and there's very little prompting.

"Their miming and improvisation has been very impressive."

Mrs Gallagher, who hasn't adjudicated in Gladstone for 14 years, was pleasantly surprised with the calibre of the children.

"The standard is very good here if not better," she said.

The vocal program starts at 9am on Sunday with solos, duos and choirs the main style of performance.

Later in the week, folk groups, tiny tots, ballet and jazz will be on display for the public to watch.



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