Eisteddfod Diary ……

Day 1 The Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod began yesterday with ensembles, instrumental, and Primary speech and drama. The Eisteddfod will continue today with Verse Speaking Choirs and piano for all ages. It was pleasing to have such wonderful community support yesterday and I thank everyone who came and encouraged their children. Because of border closures and lockdowns, several of our competitors were unable to attend. A change to the adjudication panel also needed to be made. The dance program begins on Thursday but many of the dancers had to withdraw because they live in the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and Brisbane. We will continue with those who aren’t affected by the border closure and lockdowns. I would also like to thank our many volunteers who helped yesterday. A big thank you also to the parents and teachers who have prepared the entrants and drove many miles to support them. Please continue to support your children and the Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod. Thank you.

Day 2 of the Eisteddfod saw Verse Speaking Choirs from St Mary’s Parish School and Border Rivers Christian College. The quality of performance gets better and better every year. It makes the adjudicator’s job very difficult. I want to thank Pauline Clyne who took over the adjudicator’s job 24 hours before the start of the Eisteddfod. She was very professional in her adjudication and gave the performers good advice on how to improve for next year. Piano for all ages was performed in the River Room with some brilliant performances. Some of the winners were Alfred Charles, Xanthe McKay, Hannah Vonhoff and Jacinta Norman. Today will be a feast of singing from choirs from Goondiwindi State School, St Mary’s, St George, St Patrick’s, Yelarbon, Dirranbandi, St Maria Goretti, Kioma and Talwood. Come to the Commumity Centre for a day of entertainment from 9.00am.

Day 3 The halls were alive with the sound of music on Day 3 of the Eisteddfod. The Years 1-3 choirs were heard in the morning followed by the Small School Choirs. Every child from these schools-Yelarbon, Dirranbandi, St Maria Goretti (Inglewood), Kioma and Talwood-are so determined to do their schools proud as they sing at the Eisteddfod. St Maria Gorettia won the encouragement trophy with their song, “ You’re never too old to sing a Country Song.” They sang so well and dressed for the part. Years 4-6 entertained everyone this afternoon. The quality of performance has increased markedly over the years. The afternoon began with Erie Canal and ended with Can Can (the song, not the dance!) Dirranbandi State School, with choir director Nia Hadenfeldt, won the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society for Most Promising Choir, while St Mary’s Cherubim Choir, under the direction of Benita Klowss with Ina Winter accompanying some of the pieces,won the Champion Choir Fay Duffield Shield. The teachers and accompanists are to be highly commended for the time and training they put into the students. The choirs were a delight to hear. Dance begins tomorrow. Because of the lockdowns in Lockyer Valley and Ipswich many of the 6-10 year dancers have withdrawn. A new adjudicator, Nicky Manego, was appointed on Sunday as Mandy Morrison from the Gold Coast, and who was appointed two years ago, had to withdraw also because of the lockdown. Guitars will be heard in the River Room. A Wine and Cheese Evening, with the presentation of the Major Trophies and some entertainment, will be held in the back hall from 5.00pm on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Eisteddfod this week. Your effort is appreciated.

Day 4 The stage is set, the sound and light operators are waiting, all we need now are the soloists. Because of all the border closures and lockdowns, many young dancers have withdrawn. We are continuing with a reduced field and looking forward to seeing the older dancers from this afternoon. Guitars played this morning and Tom Masel was the biggest winner taking home the local student award, encouragement award for guitarist and most outstanding guitarist. Secondary School student award went to Jacinta Norman while Sam Jessen and Nia Hadenfeldt won the musical duet award.

Day 5 and the dance has begun for the day, 14-18 years and open. Meet our lovely dance adjudicator, Nicky Manego. Nicky stepped in at 5 minutes to midnight when our appointed adjudicator was unable to come from the Gold Coast because of the lockdown. Nicky had been adjudicating at Millmerran and gladly accepted the position. Groups begin this afternoon and continue into the night. Tap fills the program tomorrow morning. Junior Vocal is being heard in the River Room this morning. Some of the trophies pictured below will be presented at the finish of the Junior Vocal. Open Vocal and Choral are on tomorrow. There is still time to see some performances before the Eisteddfod ends on Saturday. It is only $6.00 for the day or $3.00 for a session. The presentation of Major Trophies, along with some entertainment, will be at a Wine and Cheese Evening in the River Room at 5pm Saturday.

Day 6 and final day of the Eisteddfod . The tap division was held in the Main Hall with Open Vocal and Choral in the River Room. At the end of the dance the trophies were presented and are as follows: Encouragement Award Junior Dance 13 years & under: Monika Stritzel (Dalby); Encouragement Award Junior Dance 14 years & over: Bianca Maloney (Warwick); Most Promising Dancer: Eliana Jones (Warwick); Most Outstanding Costume or Makeup: Lilly’s Dance Academy (6-7 years Jazz) (Goondiwindi); Ann Ritchie Trophy for Effective Group Dynamics: DanceWest03 “The Spook.” ( Roma). This trophy was presented to the winners by Alex (Johnson) one of Ann’s very early students. For all the music lovers, I shall try to find the results in my jumble of papers and do another report later today. The Apex Shield for Most Outstanding Performance of the Eisteddfod was awarded to Katrina Bye, a beautiful and promising dancer, who scored 89 points for one of her dances.Congratulations to all the winners and to all who performed and helped at the Eisteddfod. You are all worthy of a medal!

Instrumental and Vocal awards: Best Performance in a Primary Ensemble: St Mary’s Year 6-Let her go; Encouragement Award for Woodwind: Elizabeth Gardiner; Encouragement Award for Brass: Georgina Nott; Encouragement Award for Percussion: Charlie Woods; Encouragement Award for Guitarist & Most Outstanding Performance by a guitarist: Tom Masel; Best Solo by a Secondary Student: Jacinta Norman; Best Musical Duet: Sam Jessen & Nia Hadenfeldt; Young Accompanist Award: Sam Jessen; Best Junior Vocalist 12 & under: Ambrose Klowss; Best Junior Vocalist 13 & over Ada Billings; Audrey O’Brien Award for Most Promising Junior Vocalist: Briella Craig; Mabel Doyle Memorial Encouragement Award for Junior Vocal: Ruby-Tuesday Davis-Drenkhahn; Encouragement Award for Senior Vocal Performance: Jessica Gorrie. Major Awards presented at Wine & Cheese Evening- Apex Shield for Most Outstanding Performance: Katrina Bye (dance); George Bell Trophy Most Outstanding Vocal Competitor-Mackenzie Timms; Joanna Lee BEM Perpetual Trophy for Most Outstanding Theatrical Performance-Benita Klowss; Most Outstanding Contribution to the Eisteddfod-Encanto; Performing Arts Goondiwindi Most Outstanding Junior Performance: St Mary’s Cherubim Choir with “Circle of Life.” The Wine and Cheese Evening ended the Eisteddfod and it was an evening enjoyed by those who attended. There were performances by some of the Junior Competitors-Briella Craig (vocal); Tom Masel (guitar); Jacinta Norman ( piano); Ada Billings (vocal); Mackenzie Timms singing “Jolene”; Encanto performing their piece from “ Chicago.” Then it was time for the adults to show how good they are. Kim Kirkman (instrumental & vocal adjudicator on violin), Greg Billings on beat box and Phil O’Shea on piano gave an outstanding performance of “The Devil goes down to Georgia. “ Kim was then accompanied by Kathy Jensen while he sang and then Kim (violin) and John Shaw ( saxophone) played a duet. Phil O’Shea very capably MCed the evening and had the guests singing along to music down through the decades. Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way during the Eisteddfod week. The Eisteddfod would not have happened without you. There were high hurdles to jump just 36 hours before the Eisteddfod but these were overcome and a wonderful Eisteddfod followed. See you all in 2022!


Blog by Bec Cover from Goondiwindi Region shared with permission