Last year, Year 1 St Marys students performed solos in the tiny tots section at the Maryborough Eisteddfod.
Last year, Year 1 St Marys students performed solos in the tiny tots section at the Maryborough Eisteddfod. Alistair Brightman

Numbers already near 1000 for M'boro eisteddfod

COMPETITOR numbers for the 2014 Maryborough Eisteddfod show there are many youth involved with performing arts, according to committee vice president Robin Hinricks.

"Close to 1000 competitors are ready to kick off at the Brolga Theatre on Sunday for this year's Maryborough Eisteddfod," Mrs Hinricks said.

"There are 27 sessions of three hours each running from 9am Sunday - this is the first time we have started on the Sunday morning to have seven full days of eisteddfod."

The categories for this year are vocal and choral, speech and drama, instrumental, dance and literary.

"Most of our competitors have entered into instrumental, which is an increase from last year," Mrs Hinricks said.

"This could be due to teachers and what they are promoting, or the number of children taking music lessons at school and privately.

"I think TV shows like X-Factor play a part but it's also part of the heritage of the town. The eisteddfod started in 1903 - it has been part of the performance tradition since the early days."

Mrs Hinricks said there were many former competitors.

"The kids like to compete and we have great adjudicators who give great advice and feedback to performers," she said.

"Competitors in the instrumental section will have the privilege of being judged by highly qualified and very talented Bradley Eustace who is a composer, publisher, music educator, adjudicator, presenter and co-director of The Queensland Music Centre."

The vocal and choral adjudicator will be Jessica O'Bryan, Roslyn McIvor will be the speech and drama adjudicator, Penelope Elder will adjudicate the dance section and literary work will be judged by Judi Carr.

Tickets are available at The Brolga Theatre, 5 Walker St, or phone 4122 6060. Cost is from $4 a session through to $25 for a season ticket which covers all 27 sessions for the week. Programs are $5, also available at the Brolga.