Making music is the big winner at Lower Clarence eisteddfod
PACKED houses and a diversity of performers across all age ranges are testimony to the timeless attraction of eisteddfods, says the President of the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod, Doug Towner.
Mr Towner said audiences packed out Saturday and Sunday's performances of the Lower Clarence event, which began on Saturday and will continue until Thursday.
"We're getting increasing numbers of competitors in the vocal and piano sections," he said.
"There's such an interest we've been able have a program that runs from Saturday to Thursday."
Mr Towner said creating a diverse program to ensure audiences were able to enjoy a variety of styles each day was a challenge for the organisers.
But he said the main attraction was the quality of the performances, which was outstanding this year.
One prodigy, pianist and clarinet player Aydin Neighbour, attracted particular praise.
"Aydin, who came down here from Nashua, near Byron Bay, was exceptional on the piano," Mr Towner said.
"He was every advanced for his age and also does clarinet very well."
Mr Towner said the cancellation of the Grafton Eisteddfod this year could be another reason for the continued growth of the Lower Clarence event.
"There's certainly a number of Grafton entries this year, although no-one has specifically said that's why they've come this time," he said.
Mr Towner said a decision to not concentrate on winning had also helped.
"We like to think making music is the winner," he said.