It’s time to tune up your instruments and practice your scales as entries for the 2017 Boroondara Eisteddfod are now open to young musicians and singers.
The Boroondara Eisteddfod is a musical and vocal competition that fosters the careers of young artists. Since 1991 the event has given close to 60,000 young performers the chance to showcase their musical talents on stage and perfect their stagecraft in a supportive environment and receive invaluable feedback from the adjudicators.
In its 26th year, the 2017 Eisteddfod will be held from 19 April to 25 June across two locations - in the Parkview Room, 340 Camberwell Road (beside Camberwell Library) and at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road.
This year’s competition sections include pianoforte, vocal, instrumental (strings, woodwind and brass), chamber music, ensembles (instrumental, concert bands, string orchestras), choral (primary schools, secondary school and a capella) and the prestigious Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award. The prize pool of $10,000 also features prestigious awards and scholarships, including the Boroondara City Lions Club Legacy Scholarships to encourage musical advancement and emerging talent.
Boroondara Mayor, Cr Phillip Healey, says the Eisteddfod is a major event on the Boroondara Arts calendar and has been a great stepping stone in the careers of many young artists as it provides the opportunity to further develop artistic practice.
“The event is held in high esteem by local musicians, adjudicators, the classical music community and audiences,” says Cr Healey. “We are proud that we continue to foster the careers of young musicians and offer such a high calibre event to residents and visitors to the City of Boroondara”.
Year 12 student Lara Mladjen, who in 2016 placed 1st in the string section of the Eisteddfod, encourages young musicians to take part in the event.
“I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Boroondara Eisteddfod last year. It can be nerve-wracking playing in front of peers and a larger audience, but the experiences I have gained have assisted me in my performance confidence which has strengthened my passion for music.”
Cr Healey encourages the whole community to attend sessions throughout the two months of competition and to take in the exceptional talent of the Boroondara Eisteddfod’s young musicians.
“It’s free to attend the majority of events, so whether you’re a classical music fan, know someone who is competing, or have never attended an Eisteddfod before, we welcome you to support this fantastic competition.”
How to enter the 2017 Boroondara Eisteddfod:
Entries are now open and close 31 March. We accept entries online via the Stardom database at www.stardom.com.au. For the current event schedule, FAQs, guidelines, stage plans for the ensemble sections, Boroondara Eisteddfod rules, the Boroondara Eisteddfod online event booklet and general information, please visit http://www.hawthornartscentre.com.au/whats-on/boroondara-eisteddfod/ or call 9278 4770.
Ticket sales open on 10 April 2017 and it is strongly encouraged to book in advance. To book your tickets, visit our ‘Buy Tickets’ page: www.hawthornartscentre.com.au/buy-tickets-2/, call 9278 4770 or come to the Hawthorn Arts Centre Box Office located at 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn.
For more information email Anita Stocky, Senior Communications Business Partner. Phone: 9278 4446