The Bendigo Competitions Society is hoping a masterclass from two accomplished classical singers will revitalise the vocal sections of its eisteddfod in future years.
Australian singer Silvie Paladino and Monash University classical vocal coach Suzzanne Johnston will host a classical vocal masterclass after the eisteddfod's launch on March 30.
Bendigo Competitions Society president Fay Thomas said last year's vocal prize winners would complete the masterclass but that people were able to buy tickets to observe it.
"Four classical and six contemporary singers who were prize winners at last year have been invited to take part (in the class)," she said. "But it is for an audience and people will be able to listen to it."
Ms Thomas said classical music entries in Bendigo's eisteddfod had been down in recent years.
"Sadly right across the board in Australia wide, classical entries have been down," she said. "Classical vocal in its heyday of the 1930s and 1940s is what contemporary vocal is now. It's a progression of music."
Now in its 94th year, the eisteddfod's launch at the Bendigo Bank Theatre on Saturday, March 30, with competitions to run from May 4 to 31 for music and from June 1 to 29 for dance.
"It will be officially opened by a council representative and will have some talent (performing)," she said.
Ms Thomas said the eisteddfod is also looking for new volunteers to help at this year's events.
"It's a very big event that relies heavily on volunteers," she said. "It takes about 1500 volunteer hours to run the eisteddfod, so there is always a job available for volunteers in any section of the competition."
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