VCE students test their mettle

Almost 60 VCE students performed meticulously prepared pieces at the Bendigo Competitions Society annual eisteddfod on Thursday.

The eisteddfod is a chance for competitors to perform against high quality musicians in front of professional adjudicator Matthew van Emmerik.

Music coordinator David Hague said the eisteddfod gave students a chance to prepare for their formal exams later in the year.

“We students competing in a variety of instruments and this is an excellent opportunity to get some professional feedback,” Mr Hague sad.

“The feedback has Matthew talking into a microphone so competitors get a file emailed to them so can hear what they're playing alongside the comments from Matthew. It is something new we haven’t done before.”

The Bendigo Competitions Society eisteddfod continues this weekend with the stringed instrument performers.

Now in it’s 92nd year, the eisteddfod sees young performers from all over the state visit Bendigo to perform for professional judges.

Music coordinator David Hague said critiques from professional judges was important.

“It is great to get feedback from someone who isn't your normal teacher,” he said.

Saturday will see stringed instruments take to the stage ahead of seven performers who will play concertos on Sunday for renowned cellist Zoe Knighton.

On May 27 and 28, more than 15 brass bands will showcase their skills with some Melbourne bands also entered.

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