'You did a great job': adjudicator sings praises of school choirs

SINGING THEIR HEARTS OUT: Students from Glenroi Public School, conducted by Donna Riles, were complimented on their two pieces of music with an Aboriginal theme, performed at the Eisteddfod yesterday. Photos: JUDE KEOGH 		           	            0814eist1

SINGING THEIR HEARTS OUT: Students from Glenroi Public School, conducted by Donna Riles, were complimented on their two pieces of music with an Aboriginal theme, performed at the Eisteddfod yesterday. Photos: JUDE KEOGH 0814eist1

AFTER months  of  practice, Orange and district schoolchildren showed off their vocal prowess in the school choir sections at the City of Orange Eisteddfod on Thursday.

Adjudicator Robyn Ryan, OAM from Port Macquarie told the competitors it was a special day for her.

“Of all the sections, it is your choirs which I love the most,” she said.

Mrs Ryan commended the competitors in the Open Mixed Stage Primary Stages 1-3 School Choir section for their efforts, addding she appreciated the efforts of Orange Regional Conservatorium’s Little Singers and Crescendo groups.

“I know its harder for you because you can’t just get together in lunch hours for extra practices,” she said.

“Your conductor only has you once a week, so you did a great job.”

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Awarding first place to Bathurst West Public School Mrs Ryan said the diction, discipline and contrast between softer and louder singing epitomised a good choir.

Orange Christian School took out second place in the section choosing If I Only Had a Brain from the Wizard of Oz as one of their songs.

The adjudicator made special mention of the dedication of the conductors of all the choirs.

The eisteddfod continues today with more choir sections at Orange Function Centre.

Audience members are reminded they are not permitted to take photographs or videos of the eisteddfod performances.

janice.harris@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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