THEIR eyes trained firmly on their teacher Mary Fisk, the stage 1 students of Orange Public School turned in a sterling performance at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday.
With more than 100 children in the choir, it was a major challenge for the choir mistress to ensure the children were all in their correct places, and they marched onto the stage at Orange Function Centre like a well-trained army.
For their first piece the children sang Hushabye Mountain and for their second contrasting piece the children performed I’d Do Anything from the musical Oliver, complete with actions and beautiful facial expressions.
Ms Fisk has trained the school’s choir for this section eleven years in a row.
“The children were wonderful,” she said.
“They all give up their time to come along and practise for the eisteddfod.”
The Orange Function Centre was packed with proud parents, carers and grandparents for the performances by school choirs from across the district.
The City of Orange Eisteddfod is entering its final phase, with the open vocal sections today at the Orange Civic Theatre.
Many of the competitors in today’s sections come from Sydney and coastal areas.
A highlight will be the open operatic aria solo tonight, with a first prize of $5000 attracting some of the state’s finest soloists.
The final sections in this year’s eisteddfod will be held tomorrow afternoon, with the Open Welsh Choral section, featuring the Orange Male Voice Choir, the Orange Regional Conservatorium chamber and symphonic choir and the Kinross Wolaroi Chamber Choir.