Dubbo Eisteddfod 2017: Pianists’ technique impresses judge

SHINING ON STAGE: The young piano players gave it their all in front of adudicator Anne Whale at the Dubbo eisteddfod on Tuesday in the nine years and under solo section. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

SHINING ON STAGE: The young piano players gave it their all in front of adudicator Anne Whale at the Dubbo eisteddfod on Tuesday in the nine years and under solo section. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Young pianist Charles Croaker had an early start on Tuesday morning.

Charles travelled from Bathurst to play the piano in the Dubbo eisteddfod. But the drive was definitely worth is after he was awarded first place in the piano solo for nine years and under.

Charles said he had been paying the piano for about three years. He practised everyday, the young pianist said.

The best part about playing the piano? “Having fun,” Charles said.

Second place in the section was awarded to Dubbo’s Kate Pankhurst. Very highly commendeds were given to Emily Connor and Hannah Peadon, and a highly commended was awarded to Phoebe Wong.

Ms Whale said the section contained some lovely entertainment and developing technique. However she warned the young performers about their arms and wrists, reminding them to keep them steady while playing.

Piano will continue at the eisteddfod on Wednesday. This weekend will feature the senior group dances, followed by the Grand Concert on Sunday.

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