Musical talent strikes a chord in 101st Lismore Eisteddfod

LISMORE City Hall has been a hive of activity over the past week and will continue to buzz this week as the 101st annual eisteddfod from the Lismore Musical Festival Society rolls on.

The past week has been full of terrific vocal, piano and instrumental performances, while this week will see dance take centre stage.

Ten-year-old Skennars Head girl Lucy Sidney was performing in five different vocal sections on Friday, and said she enjoyed every minute of singing her heart out on the stage.

Lucy, who has been performing in eisteddfods for two years, said it was "fun" getting up and singing songs from her favourite musicals.

The 10-year-old Wollongbar lad said what he loved most about singing was the "connection you can bring to the audience".

Lismore Musical Festival Society secretary Valerie Axtens said the best thing about the eisteddfods was the children.

"Knowing that they are Australia's future and knowing that our culture is being handed down (is wonderful)," Mrs Axtens said.

"Eisteddfods give young people self-confidence and poise. They gain an appreciation of what is good, what is a good sound."

"There is a whole range of living skills that are improved by being involved in an eisteddfod.

"It's a very positive movement and very educational. There's nothing like music to educate.

"The eisteddfod has a life of its own - each year is different from the last."


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