City of Warrnambool Eisteddfod changes venues

THE music section of the City of Warrnambool Eisteddfod will have a different setting this year with new venues to be used.

In past years, the music part of the competition has been held at Kings College hall but in 2017 the old hall at Emmanuel College and Mozart Hall will be the host venues.

BLOWN AWAY: The Warrnambool City Jazz Band are among the acts taking part in the band's section of the City of Warrnambool Eisteddfod.

BLOWN AWAY: The Warrnambool City Jazz Band are among the acts taking part in the band's section of the City of Warrnambool Eisteddfod.

Competition starts on Monday June 26 and will run through to Saturday July 1.

Eisteddfod music convener Paddy McGennisken said the 2017 music competition is shaping up as a strong one. 

“We always have a lot of quality with our performers,” Ms McGennisken said.

“Our entry numbers are healthy, around the same level of last year.

‘It is exciting each year to watch such talented young people perform.”

Ms McGennisken said the change of venues this year will add another dimension to the competition.

“The Emmanuel College hall will be used for the bands and choirs and it will be the perfect space for that,” she said.

“We are really excited about the Mozart Hall as a venue.

“We think it will be a nice fit for the solo performers in particular.

“Being a bit smaller, it will be a very intimate venue.” 

The Mozart Hall will be the venue for the music competition next week on the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Emmanuel College hall will host competition on Wednesday and Friday.

The choirs will be on stage during the day on Wednesday while the bands will be in the spotlight that night.

Categories in the band section include primary school, contemporary, secondary school and community. 

Other music competitions to be held across the week include woodwind and brass, strings, harp, guitar, vocal, piano, choral and original composition.

The original composition category was held for the first time last year.

Ms McGennisken said the success of that inaugural competition has hopes high for 2017.

“It was a really good standard last year and we are expecting a similar number and quality of competitors to take part this year,” she said.

“It is a competition we are really eager to foster.

“It promotes performers who are having a go at creating their own original pieces.

“The great thing about the eisteddfod is it gives people the opportunity to get up on stage in front of a crowd and perform.

“It does take a lot of work to organise but it is very worthwhile.

“It is nice knowing we are helping performers improve and show everyone just what they can do.”

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