AN EXCESS of talent made the Wimmera Eisteddfod run almost four hours overtime, which organiser Margaret Priestley said was ‘a nice problem to have’.
Mrs Priestley said she and fellow organisers Wendy Brand and Jenny Blakeley had expected the competition to run from 9am until 6pm on Friday and Saturday.
However, people were still at the Wesley Performing Arts Centre until about 8pm on both days.
“We had more entries than anticipated for the first year back from the break,” Mrs Priestley said.
She said 127 entrants played in 250 items in this year’s event.
The event took a break last year but community generosity saw its return this year.
This year's eisteddfod opened with brass and woodwind performances, followed by a category dedicated to musicians playing stringed instruments.
Primary and secondary schools from throughout the region took centre stage during the middle of the day.
Mrs Priestley said the day ended with performances from the competition’s junior and intermediate pianists.
The senior pianists played first thing on Saturday morning.
Mrs Priestley said the rest of the day was dedicated to vocalists performing solo or in duets or trios.
She said some of the musicians hailed from Horsham’s Music Academy, while others honed their craft under private music tuition.
“It all flowed very well,” she said. “Everybody seemed to go away with smiles.”
Competition adjudicator Alison Kirkpatrick awarded Sheridan Baker the award for most promising instrumentalist.
Mae Risson was declared the most promising vocalist.
“The committee would like to offer its sincere thanks to all the volunteers who helped out before and during the event, the teachers who assisted and supported us through the preparation of the event and the sponsors, without whom we couldn’t have run the event at all,” Mrs Priestley said.
“The eisteddfod will certainly be going ahead next year.”