The 75th City of Sale Speech, Drama and Music Eisteddfod commenced on Wednesday, May 25, with speech and drama competitors first to take the stage.
While City of Sale Eisteddfod committee members were relieved to run the competition as usual after COVID restrictions completely halted the in Eisteddfod in 2020 and required significant modifications to the 2021 program, the effects of the virus were still present with a number of competitors withdrawing at the last minute.
Despite the late drop in competitor numbers, treasurer Anne Chambers was delighted the Eisteddfod was up and running again.
“It was so sad having been completely wiped out in 2020 and then having to do sections online last year,” Mrs Chambers said.
“This is really the only way students get the opportunity to perform like this, so it’s great that we can do it this year.”
In the 13 years and over improvisation reading competition, speech and drama adjudicator Chris Dickins awarded Troy Aitken first place for his outstanding performance.
Troy also won the Sporting Legends Most Promising Competitor award.
Aaliyah Philips took first place in the 10 to 12 years solo poetry recital competition, while Nagle Secondary College won first place in the secondary school play or scene competition.
Mr Dickins also awarded Nagle Secondary College the Sale Lions Club Encouragement Award.
Following a drama-filled morning, literally, the music segment of the 75th City of Sale Eisteddfod began.
At 2pm, Aiden Young took the stage in the Grade 1/2 syllabus orchestral strings solo competition and was awarded first place by music adjudicator Anthony Halliday.
Evie Humphries took first place in the 12 to 14 years orchestral string solo competition and also won the adjudicator’s choice orchestral string’s most outstanding performer trophy.
Vida Yanez won first place in the Grade 3/4 syllabus orchestral string solo competition, with Tess Venables claiming first place in the Grade 5/6 syllabus orchestral string solo competition.
Mr Halliday awarded Tess with the adjudicator’s choice orchestral strings encouragement award.
Sebastian Gray won first prize for his performance in the 11 years and under orchestral woodwind, jazz, blues or pop solo competition and second place for his performance in the 11 years and under orchestral wind solo competition.
Vida Yanez won first place in the Grade 1/2 syllabus orchestral woodwind solo competition and the Grade 3/4 syllabus orchestral woodwind solo competition.
Vida also took out first prize in the Junior Instrumental Championship Solo 12 years and under competition.
Evie Humphries won first place in the 12-14 years orchestral woodwind solo competition and the Grade 5/6 syllabus orchestral woodwind solo competition.
Rebecca Stephens won first place in the orchestral woodwind 15-17 years competition. Rebecca Stephens took home $100 in prizemoney and a perpetual shield after Mr Halliday awarded her the most outstanding young instrumentalist.
On Wednesday evening, Riley Liepa won first place in the 12-14 years orchestral brass solo competition and the 13-15 years intermediate instrumental championship.
Riley also won the Sale City Band award for the most promising brass player resident in Gippsland.
In the open brass band entertainment contest, Sale City Band secured first place, taking home the Wellington Bargain Center perpetual shield and $350 in prizemoney.
On Day 2 (Thursday, May 26), Guthridge Primary School, St Michael’s Primary School and Sale Primary School put on a fantastic performance, showcasing Sale’s talented young voices.
Guthridge Primary won first place in the primary school vocal group prep to six CD accompaniment competition.
In the primary school vocal group Grade 3/4 competition, they were awarded second place.
St Michael’s Primary School won first place for their performance in the rural schools Prep to Grade 6 vocal group cd accompaniment competition.
First place was awarded to Sale Primary School in the primary school vocal group Grade 3/4 competition, the primary school vocal groups Grade 5/6 competition, the primary school vocal group Prep to Grade 2 competition and the percussion group Grade 6 and under competition .
Mr Halliday also awarded Sale Primary the junior choir – primary perpetual trophy.