Eisteddfod's night of nights arrives

Cowra's Samson Miller performing in the 14 years and under Australian composition piano solo section.
Cowra's Samson Miller performing in the 14 years and under Australian composition piano solo section.

The Cowra Eisteddfod's night of nights is here, with the Grand Concert of Prizewinners taking place on Saturday from 7pm.

The 2021 Eisteddfod has been running at the Cowra Civic Centre since May 12, and marks a return to the stage for many of the competitors with the COVID-19 pandemic heavily affecting the arts in 2020.

Cowra Eisteddfod Vice President, Jan Munday, said the Grand Concert was a fantastic way to wrap up the event.

"It's an opportunity to show the best from all segments of the Eisteddfod," she said.

"An opportunity to see the top performers from throughout the Eisteddfod again, but in a relaxed situation rather than in competition.

"Everyone has been very excited to finally perform to an audience again and to get their lives back to normal."

She said the whole event had felt exciting for all involved.

"I think people are a lot more grateful to have the opportunity to get to perform," she said.

"Whereas normally we take it for granted, so people seem to be very excited to be able to do it.

"We did get a lot of compliments on how successfully run the Eisteddfod was and how they are looking at coming again next year."

Mrs Munday said there were some fantastic performers showing off their talents on Saturday night.

"There will be the scholarship winners from all the disciplines," she said.

"The Aria winner Nathan Bryon and he'll be doing a couple of items, he has been coming to the Eisteddfod since he was a young boy to compete.

"Originally from Geurie, he's in Sydney now, but he's gone through in all stages and now he's won the top prize.

"Toby Gough was the winner of the Arts Council Speech and Drama Scholarship so he'll be performing.

"Samson Miller won the Farleigh Vocal Scholarship, while Zoe Budge won the Joan Ford Vocal Cup.

"Mia Cachia, from Canberra, she's a stunning tapper and both local dance schools will have groups performing at the concert."

She said while there would be changes for the 2022 Eisteddfod, the 2021 event had gone well.

"There's a few things we'll have to look at, there always is after every Eisteddfod," she said.

"There's always something different that comes up that we need to look at and go ahead in the future.

"But we are grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who have made it all possible.

"We certainly couldn't do it without them."

With around 100 sold, Ms Munday said there was still time for those interested in attending to get tickets.

Tickets are available be visiting www.cowraciviccentre.com/eisteddfod-concert-21