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ACT Primary Schools Choir in previous 12 Years and Under Championship. Photo by Peter Hislop.
IT’s time for the Australian National Eisteddfod’s annual choirs event, coming up this weekend, with Saturday’s Open Championship as the highlight.

Around 1400 adults and youths, as part of 50 choirs, will take part in this year’s choirs section at the Eisteddfod, encompassing all levels, from primary school ages to adult/open sections. Choirs to perform include a broad range of Canberra School and Community Choirs, as well as interstate groups from Queensland, Sydney, Leura and Melbourne.    

Primary and High School sections will take place at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka from 9.30am-2pm, tomorrow, Friday August 18. School aged choirs singing on Friday will include Canberra Girls Grammar School, Canberra Grammar Junior School, ACT Primary and Senior Concert Choir, Radford, Daramalan, St Edmunds and Merici Colleges, Lyneham High School, Gold Creek School, The Anglican School Googong and Jerrabomberra Public School.

The open sections will run at Llewellyn Hall from 9am-10pm this Saturday, August 19.  Saturday afternoon’s Championships, for 12 years and under and 20 years and under choirs, will feature 11 choirs from Canberra and interstate, ranging from primary school to ANU level.    

Each session will conclude with comments by the adjudicator, Sharon Batterham from Melbourne, and the presentation of awards.      

The event will culminate with a feast of magnificent choral singing from 7pm-10pm on the evening of Saturday, where choirs will take part in the open sections for popular, contemporary andsSacred choir and the open Australian choral challenge and open choral group sections, with prize money of $5500.

Following the Choirs Eisteddfod other events will be held in the next few weeks at Ainslie Arts Centre will be piano, from August 24-27, singing, from September 1-3, and, speech and drama, September 9.

Choirs section of the Australian National Eisteddfod, St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka, August 18 and Llewellyn Hall, August 19, all details at





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