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Eisteddfod provides stage for musicians

WINNERS: (from left) Dalby State School received second place, Chinchilla Christian College received a Highly Commended, Chinchilla State School received third place, and Dalby South State School received first place in the beginner bands section at the Dalby Eisteddfod on Wednesday morning.
WINNERS: (from left) Dalby State School received second place, Chinchilla Christian College received a Highly Commended, Chinchilla State School received third place, and Dalby South State School received first place in the beginner bands section at the Dalby Eisteddfod on Wednesday morning. Sophie Volker

IT SEEMS the instrumental section of the Dalby Eisteddfod is growing stronger each year.

Bands, small ensembles, and individual performers have filled the Dalby Great Hall with music and energy this week, culminating with the final session at 1.30pm on Friday afternoon.

Dalby Eisteddfod instrumental coordinator Rachael Summerville said performing in the eisteddfod helps to build better musicians.

"It's great for the development as soloists, but also makes them aware of how they sound which always helps benefit the band in the long run,” Mrs Summerville said.

"It's also good for their ensemble playing to practice with a piano player and it helps them practise listening, which sounds silly, but is a very useful tool for musicians.

"We have lots more community events that we perform in that in the city, so they probably do get more opportunity for that. They probably just don't have as much opportunity to listen to other bands and other performers of their age,” she said.

"It's great to see that the instrumental section is still going strong - if not growing - and we'd love more volunteers to help out.”

Mrs Summerville also teaches instrumental music, and said the most rewarding part is when students realise they can actually play their instruments.

"Probably the thing I love most about teaching - especially with the younger ones - is when it's all brand new for them and they go in knowing nothing, that look of accomplishment and the way they light up when they start playing and they realise they can actually do it,” she said.

"It's very rewarding.”

The instrumental adjudicator was Owen Clark, who has had a distinguished career as director of music of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Navy Bands, and as conductor of orchestras and ensembles in both Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Clark adjudicated the beginner bands on Wednesday morning, awarding first place to Dalby South State School, second place to Dalby State School, third place to Chinchilla State School and a highly commended to Chinchilla Christian College.

"We heard some amazing things this morning. It's great to see others perform and see what you can learn from them,” Mr Clark said.

Mr Clark also spoke of the importance of listening to the rest of the band, correct breathing, and subdividing the bars to stay in time.

The Dalby Eisteddfod Concert of Selected Winners will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, August 16 at the Dalby Great Hall.

The concert will celebrate selected winners in both the instrumental and speech and drama sections.

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and concession, and $12 for a family.

MAKING MUSIC: Crows Nest State School Concert Band perform Wings of the Orient and Jamboree at the Dalby Eisteddfod.
MAKING MUSIC: Crows Nest State School Concert Band perform Wings of the Orient and Jamboree at the Dalby Eisteddfod. Sophie Volker

Topics:  dalby eisteddfod dalby great hall instrumental music owen clark rachael summerville speech and drama


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