Speak now or it could be curtains for this year

The City of Tamworth Eisteddfod is almost over for another year. 

SPEAKING UP: Tamworth student Holly Bullock was another competitor in the junior section of the speech championships. 130614GGF11

SPEAKING UP: Tamworth student Holly Bullock was another competitor in the junior section of the speech championships. 130614GGF11

But before the curtain actually comes down on the 67th annual arts event there are a couple of entertaining programs to complete this year’s gala.

Choral speech takes centre stage of the Tamworth Town Hall tomorrow from 10am with seven schools entered in the verse speaking choir.

The very last items on the program for this year’s eisteddfod are left to the more mature of performers.

They take to the stage from 7.30pm tomorrow at the Community Centre in Darling St. 

This section will see performers over 40 perform in a variety of categories, such as spoken voice, singing and instrumental. 

The younger speech and performance sections finished Friday on a high note. 

Among the tail end categories to be contested were the speech championships which followed speech and performance sections like story telling, drama characterisation and public speaking earlier in the week.

Championship awards went to Darcy Atkinson in the junior section and Priyanka Pinto in the seniors. 

Three scholarships were also awarded to junior competitor Sath Balasuriya, intermediate contestant Caitlyn Sherwood and teenager Ellie Solomons in seniors.

The mature performances section will close this year’s eisteddfod on a high note too.

According to convenor Jan Morris, it’s a fitting finale.

Mrs Morris said hundreds of children had competed in dance, music, speech and performance.

“ Now it is the turn of the older ones, many of whom grew up through the eisteddfods of past years,” she said.

“This is always a fun night and one performer will be chosen as the champion and awarded the Cheapa Music prize of $100 and get to hold the perpetual trophy for the following year.”

The evening is open to the public and is in the Heritage Room of the community centre from 7.30pm. 

Tickets are $5 each and include a celebratory supper afterwards.

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