Orange's eisteddfod 'one of the best in Australia' thanks to Margaret

POCKET ROCKET:City of Orange Eisteddfod president Margaret Williams has been praised by the adjudicator of the vocal and instrumental sections for her leadership of the event. Photo: STEVEGOSCH

POCKET ROCKET:City of Orange Eisteddfod president Margaret Williams has been praised by the adjudicator of the vocal and instrumental sections for her leadership of the event. Photo: STEVEGOSCH

VOCAL and instrumental adjudicator at this year’s Orange eisteddfod, Robyn Ryan said our eisteddfod is one of the best run in Australia and has paid tribute to the organisation’s leader and president Margaret Williams.

“This woman is a pocket rocket - working silently and efficiently to ensure everything runs smoothly, ” Mrs Ryan said.

Mrs Ryan from Port Macquarie said she adjudicates all over Australia.

“There is only one other place that runs its eisteddfod with anything like the efficiency of Orange and that’s Townsville,” she said.

Mrs Ryan said Orange is a place she could move to in a heartbeat.

“You have all these wonderful facilities and music is so strong here,” she said.

Mrs Williams said the eisteddfod’s success that has meant record entries this year is due in part to the volunteers who give up their time over several weeks in August and September when the it runs.

“We have many retired school teachers who are happy to give up their time which really helps,” she said.

“We are very fortunate here in Orange so many people give up their time to come along and help us out, because no event of this size can run smoothly unless you have enough helpers, ”she said.

Today open sections of the eisteddfod vocal competition will be held moving from the Orange Function Centre to the Orange Civic Theatre.

Singers from across the state have entered to compete in sections during the day culminating in the open operatic aria solo tonight at 7.30pm, which carries prize money of $5000 for first place, $500 for second place and $200 for third place.

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