GYMPIE TALENT: Danielle Ardrey and Hayley James of Gympie South State School were among performers yesterday at the Gympie and District Eisteddfod.
GYMPIE TALENT: Danielle Ardrey and Hayley James of Gympie South State School were among performers yesterday at the Gympie and District Eisteddfod. Arthur Gorrie

Gympie Eisteddfod forges ahead and matches the best

"FIRST and foremost, our performers are thoroughly enjoying themselves," Gympie and District Eisteddfod president Thelma Reisenleiter said at the Gympie Civic Centre yesterday.

Competitors in the instrumental section of the Eisteddfod events performed their way through 19 events yesterday and last night.

And the pace will not let up today, with 24 further events in the instrumental section, including piano.

 

Feeding the multitude at the eisteddfod were kitchen volunteers Mary Bothams, of Quota, and Robyn Godwyn.
Feeding the multitude at the eisteddfod were kitchen volunteers Mary Bothams, of Quota, and Robyn Godwyn. Arthur Gorrie

 

Linkon Brown, Zayne Gosden, William Melling and Phillip James Vrbancic at the Eisteddfod.
Linkon Brown, Zayne Gosden, William Melling and Phillip James Vrbancic at the Eisteddfod. Arthur Gorrie

 

Tyson Dunkinson, Kurtis Knight and Lachlan Bond.
Tyson Dunkinson, Kurtis Knight and Lachlan Bond. Arthur Gorrie

Tomorrow's program moves into a range of other fields, including vocal and choral performances, piano, speech and drama in the afternoon and more vocal and speech and drama competition in the evening.

"We believe the talent we're seeing this year is equal to the best we have had in the past," Mrs Reisenleiter said.

 

Ryan Hay with teacher Sharon Valamis and Lilly Hayes, of Monkland State School.
Ryan Hay with teacher Sharon Valamis and Lilly Hayes, of Monkland State School. Arthur Gorrie

 

Catelinn Capell and Lahni Edwards enjoy the lunch break.
Catelinn Capell and Lahni Edwards enjoy the lunch break. Arthur Gorrie

 

Natalie Ardrey, Indy Andrews and Reilly Boyle from James Nash State High School.
Natalie Ardrey, Indy Andrews and Reilly Boyle from James Nash State High School. Arthur Gorrie

 

Phoebe Penny prepares for the saxophone ensemble event
Phoebe Penny prepares for the saxophone ensemble event Arthur Gorrie

"We're getting some wonderful comments from the adjudicators who say they have been very impressed with the standard of performances.

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Yesterday's performances set those adjudicators are difficult task as ensembles took the stage, representing Gympie South, Two Mile, Monkland, Widgee, Gympie Central, and St Patrick's primary schools.

Mary Valley State College was also in the mix, along with Victory College and James Nash High School.

Today will see 74 performances in musical fields, styles and instruments including strings, woodwind and brass, piano solo and duet, and country music.

Tomorrow will see strong competition including performers from Xavier College, Mary Valley and Kilkivan state colleges, Kilkivan P-10 and Rainbow Beach, Kandanga, Dagun, Widgee, Gympie South, Tin Can Bay, Gympie Central, Kawungan, Chatsworth, St Patrick's, One Mile primary schools.

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