Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod showcases great talent

Lucy Hallett and Katie Bate with teacher Lois Philips. The girls were part of the choir which won Most Outstanding Performance trophy for their song Alone in the Universe.

Lucy Hallett and Katie Bate with teacher Lois Philips. The girls were part of the choir which won Most Outstanding Performance trophy for their song Alone in the Universe.

Question? What do you get when you blend 1200 performers, a table full of trophies, 4 professional adjudicators, an enthusiastic audience, 40 volunteers, 7 days of competition and a hard-working committee? Answer: a very successful 2019 Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod

The last trophies were presented at the Trophy Presentation night on Saturday evening, with the dance trophies being presented at the conclusion of the dance program on Sunday.

This year's eisteddfod performers travelled from Moree, Glen Innes, Croppa Creek, Boomi and Garah in NSW, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Stanthorpe, Gatton, Ipswich, Dalby, Warwick, Inglewood, St George, Goondiwindi and all the small border schools to showcase their talents along-side many from our local community.

Several trophies were won by those who came from other towns, but most trophies remained in Goondiwindi. There is a wealth of young talent here and their ability should be nurtured and encouraged. The winners of the Apex Shield for the Most Outstanding Performance are Goondiwindi Senior Voices (GSPS) with their rendition of "Alone in the Universe." The choir is trained Lois Phillips. Michael and Fiona Marschall won the Most Outstanding Contribution of the Eisteddfod, Benita Klowss won the Joanna Lee BEM Perpetual Award for the Most Outstanding Theatrical Performance and the George Bell Trophy as the Most Outstanding Vocal Competitor.

The Fay Duffield Shield for the Champion Primary School Choir was won by Goondiwindi Senior Voices (GSV) conducted by Lois Phillips and accompanied by Kathy Jensen and the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society Trophy for the Most Promising Junior Choral Performance was won by St Patrick's Choir St George, trained by Nia Hadenfeldt. The Champion Secondary School Choir is GSHS Vocal Ensemble trained by Christabel Turnbull. The Most Outstanding Primary School Verse Speaking Performance Shield was won by St Mary's Parish School Year 3W, with their recitation of the set piece "Snoring."

There would be no eisteddfod if we didn't have financial backing and our heartfelt thanks go to the men and women of the Goondiwindi Apex Club. We were also successful in receiving funding from the Goondiwindi Regional Council. Our thanks go especially to Jim Raymond who always goes beyond the call of duty in ensuring that the Community Centre is ready for each day's sessions. The Vern Kleinschmidt Community Fund also provided funds. RREAP also provided funding.

Jordan Linton, Britt Adams and Claire operated the light and sound system and did a brilliant job. The dance program would have been very dull without his skills. Thank you to the Marschall's Group who provided a truck to transport our equipment to the Community Centre and Fiona Marshall, Jess Ash and Vicki Adamski who took charge of the transportation.

There would be no performers if there were no teachers, accompanists, parents or conductors. We thank them all for their talents, dedication and time put into preparing each performer. We also thank the schools and families for their enthusiastic support; the Argus for their interest in reporting the event; Bec Cover who dropped in when possible to take photos; our happy band of willing volunteers, together with the Friends of the Eisteddfod who help ensure that the eisteddfod runs smoothly. Some of our volunteers front up daily to spend many hours helping out wherever they are needed. Two ladies came from Brisbane to help during the week and their help was invaluable. We need more helpers urgently!

Thanks also to the GSPS Tuckshop and GSPS Music Committee who kept the many visitors and performers supplied with food and drinks. An especial thank you to Jodie Jeans from All Good Things Catering & Entertaining who kept the committee and adjudicators well fed with delicious food. Thank you also to the business houses and individual trophy donors who continue to give sacrificially so the winners have trophies to remind them of their time at the Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod. Finally, thanks to those who come along to encourage the performers. We really appreciate your involvement. See you in 2020!