Forbes Eisteddfod 2017 starts Saturday

School bands performing in last year's eisteddfod.
School bands performing in last year's eisteddfod.

The music and drama of Forbes Eisteddfod starts this Saturday, with the doors at Town Hall opening at 9am for a week of performance.

Competition will run from 9am to about 6pm on Saturday with piano and vocal sections the first of the annual event, committee member Karen Glennan said.

This year Forbes welcomes adjudicator Warwick Tyrell for the first time. 

Mr Tyrrell’s career in music spans 30 years, he has worked as a trombonist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as orchestras all over Australia.

He now works mainly as a conductor and director of musical events including the Bankstown Christmas Carols and a sell-out series of brass band concerts. 

For two years, he toured Australia with Cabaret and Jolson with artists including Tina Arena, Lisa McCune, Toby Allen and Rob Guest.

At the same time, he ran a business that produced pop music song and dance shows about personal safety for primary schools all over Australia. 

After a day off Sunday, Monday’s performances will start at 9.30am with the school bands. 

Public speaking sections will commence about 10.30am and school dance groups about 12.30pm.

The afternoon – from about 4.30pm – will have the instrumental sections and the open band competition is from 7pm.

School choirs start Tuesday’s program at 9.30pm. Choral speech is expected to follow about 12.30pm.

On Wednesday morning the special schools section is on – this is open to groups, individuals and duos producing any type of performance. 

The speech and drama sections continue through Wednesday and Thursday.

Entrance to the eisteddfod this year is $3 for adults and $2 for school-aged children per session. Competitors enter free. 

The dance portion of the eisteddfod is on at Forbes High School during the school holidays, from July 8 to 16. 

More to come on that closer to the date – Mrs Glennan said the number of entries did hold steady for the dance competition. 

There will not be a grand concert this year.