Claire Gawde gets in some last-minute violin practice yesterday.
Claire Gawde gets in some last-minute violin practice yesterday. News Mail

Young maestros wow judges

THE musical section of the Bundaberg Eisteddfod is in full swing with competitors taking to the stage for the second day of competition yesterday.

Event organiser Sarah Ferguson said the standard of competition so far had been wonderful.

"It is amazing what these young children can achieve," she said.

"The kids are really responding to the feedback from the judges and taking their comments on board."

Renowned pianist and music teacher Bram Simmonds is one of two highly acclaimed adjudicators judging this year's competitors.

"I'm very impressed with the wonderful talent," he said.

"It is satisfying to be able to encourage the young musicians of the future."

Mr Simmonds said the performers had responded well to his feedback.

"I've noticed improvements already," he said.

"Personally I've been looking for those who have been able to bring the music to life and give substance and character to the music."

The owner of Bundaberg musical theatre studio Drama Queens - The Studio, Bec Hutchins, said the event was a highlight for many of her students.

"The eisteddfod is a really great opportunity to gain experience performing on the stage," she said.

"The students have been able to gain constructive feedback from esteemed judges."

Ms Hutchins said it was rewarding to see all their hard work pay off.

"The eisteddfod gives Bundaberg kids something to work towards," she said.

"As a teacher it's wonderful to see their work come to a standard that can be performed in public."

Taking out first prize in the Any Orchestral Instrument class, for performers aged 12 years and under, was 11-year-old violinist Michalina Konopka.

"I was very nervous to start off with and I was glad when it was over and done," she said.

But the budding musician has more performances to come over the next few days of the eisteddfod.

"I still have two more solos and three more orchestral sections to go," she said.

Samantha Edwards and Claire Gawde, both 9, have been training hard for their violin duet.

To combat their nerves, the girls said they would be taking two big breaths before walking on to centre stage.



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