Choir keeps getting better
THE EASTER weekend hit a high note for the Bundaberg Youth Choir after taking out multiple wins in the Queensland Eisteddfod, held in Maryborough.
The choir won the Junior Choral, Small Vocal Ensemble and Intermediate Choral categories.
Performing songs from the popular musical, Hairspray, the young singers came home with a highly commended in the Youth Music Theatre section.
Bundaberg Youth Choir publicity officer Judith Hopwood said the small group of about 20 competed against bigger choirs from Ipswich and Rockhampton, who had up to 50 singers to take out the top spots.
“It's good that a choir this small can win against the bigger sounds,” she said.
Other choirs travelled from Toowoomba, Hervey Bay and Gladstone to compete in the eisteddfod that started on Good Friday and concluded on Easter Saturday.
Mrs Hopwood said Melbourne adjudicator Andre Wailes, also the musical director of the Australian Children's Choir, was blown away by the “extremely mature sound”.
“He's positive that if it were possible, he'd come to Bundaberg and hold a workshop,” Mrs Hopwood said.
She said although the results were marginally better than last year, the youth choir constantly produced award-winning performances.
“They're always one of the top choirs,” she said.
Mrs Hopwood said the choir was lucky its two performances were scheduled in the same week as the lead up to the eisteddfod, a confidence boost and a chance to get in last-minute practice.
“The more opportunities they get to perform, the better they get,” she said.
Next year's eisteddfod will be held in Ipswich over the Easter weekend.