Young stars take the stage for 2019 Forbes Eisteddfod

Megan Roberts won the open championship solo at the 2018 Forbes Eisteddfod with her violin performance.
Megan Roberts won the open championship solo at the 2018 Forbes Eisteddfod with her violin performance.

The 2019 Forbes Eisteddfod starts Thursday, and over the course of a week there will be almost 500 performances on the Forbes Town Hall stage.

The doors open Thursday morning with preschool groups the first to take the stage at 9.30am.

Infants school groups round out the day with 11am and 1pm sessions, with choirs, choral speech groups and percussion.

Vocalists take the stage Saturday, speech and drama performers Sunday and piano Tuesday.

Primary school groups will entertain from 9am Monday with choral speech, percussion and instrumental ensemble performances.

The popular open band section is from 6pm Monday night, with 18 groups including the Forbes Town and District Band, the Lachlan Regional Orchestra and a host of other local performers.

School dance sections round out the Town Hall competitions from 9.30am Wednesday.

Full copies of the program with sections and competitor names are available on the website www.forbeseisteddfod.com.au

Interest and entry numbers in the music, speech and drama portion of the annual eisteddfod continue with hundreds of young people to perform in the coming week, convenor Karyn Glennan says.

Forbes Eisteddfod this year welcomes adjudicator Anne Whale.

Ms Whale has many years experience teaching, adjudicating and producing concerts in Sydney, the Hunter Valley and through the Mitchell Conservatorium.

Day passes for adults are $12 and $8 for a child or pensioner, or a season pass is $35 for an adult or $25 a child or pensioner.

Session prices for music, speech and drama are $5 per adult or $2 on school days. Competitors are free.

The Forbes dance eisteddfod is on at Forbes High School in the July school holidays, commencing Saturday July 13 and finishing Sunday July 21.