Open bands Eisteddfod: A fantastic concert


Canberra City Band, again Open A Grade Champion. Photo by Peter Hislop

Canberra City Band is again Canberra’s champion, after taking out the Open A Grade section at the Australian National Eisteddfod on Friday, May 26.

Conducted by Greg Stenning, they played a five-movement tone poem Of Sailors and Whales by Francis McBeth.  Ginninderra Wind Orchestra placed second.

In other Open Concert Band sections, the Hunter Wind Ensemble and Hunter School of the Performing Arts Junior Concert Band took out the Open B and C Grade sections respectively.

Canberra Brass and Victoria Street Brass again won the Open Brass Band sections.  Hunter School of the Performing Arts Stage Band won the Open A Grade Jazz Bands, and Daramalan College Open B Grade.  In the Open Orchestras, James McCusker Orchestra won Open Orchestras, Merici College Advanced String Ensemble Open String Ensembles and Hunter School of the Performing Arts String Orchestra Open String Orchestras.

Adjudicator Andrew Snell was impressed by the high standard of groups and performance throughout the event.

The Bands & Orchestras Eisteddfod event continues until Thursday 1 June. Full results will be distributed after the conclusion.  Other Eisteddfod events (Choirs, Singing, Piano and Speech & Drama) will take place in August and September.

The Eisteddfod thanks the ACT Government through artsACT for its support which helps facilitate the use of Llewellyn Hall for this event.

For further information, photo opportunities and interviews please contact: Simon Best (Event Director); 0403 827303;

Greg Stenning, Conductor. Photo by Peter Hislop