Champion performers given final encore
THE curtains have closed on the vocal, choral and piano eisteddfod for another year, but that doesn't mean the committee workload will slow down any time soon.
In a champions' concert at Dalby Great Hall on Tuesday night, the winners from each category were invited to take to the stage one last time and show the audience what amazing talent is hiding in Dalby.
Eisteddfod president councillor Carolyn Tillman said the amount of talent on display was overwhelming.
"I was really impressed once again by the standard of both parts of the eisteddfod,” she said.
"It never ceases to amaze me what talent we have not only here in Dalby but in the whole of the Western Downs.”
Performers travelled from as far as Quinalow for their encore performances and for the champions to receive their awards.
In the more notable awards, there was a tie for the first time in the open vocal championship, with Katie Commens and Myfanwy Schenk both taking out the top spot.
A new award was also given out for the first time.
In memory of beloved music teacher Deanna Littleton, the committee created an new prize which was awarded to Dalby State High School student Luke Scott, who wowed the audience with his incredible performance of Funiculi Funicula.
Cr Tillman said it was important for the committee to honour someone who used to be so prominent at the eisteddfod during her time as a teacher.
"We all really missed Deanna this year,” Cr Tillman said.
"Even though she hasn't put students in for the last few years, she has always attended, she's always been there.
"She was just someone who was always around.
"We just wanted her memory to live on.”
As always, the eisteddfod committee is always appealing for volunteers to join and help behind the scenes.
"It's just so easy and everyone there is so nice,” Cr Tillman said.
"It doesn't even feel like a job.”
The eisteddfod will continue in August with speech, drama, and instrumental items.