The speech and drama section of the 2023 Gunnedah Eisteddfod has ended with music taking its place this week.

The Gunnedah Eisteddfod is an annual event that covers multiple weeks to celebrate the region’s artistic talents.

Last Thursday the committee handed out the Gunnedah Eisteddfod Society Tuition Scholarship for drama and speech students.

Two talented sisters claimed the joint prize, taking home a $1500 scholarship to the Gunnedah Conservatorium.

Charli and Georgia Wyllie will be able to use the money for their education in speech and drama taught by Larni Christie.

Adjudicator Jillian Burgess announced the prizes in front of the audience that included the pupil’s parents, Joe and Brooke Wyllie.

Last Thursday was the last day for the drama and speech section. 

The second section has now started, with music being held at the Gunnedah Town Hall.

Gunnedah has been fortunate to obtain a prestigious adjudicator.

Barry Walmsley is known for his career as a music educator, piano accompanist, writer and adjudicator. 

His career has taken him all around the world by performing and assisting behind the scenes.

He studied piano and organ at the Trinity College in London.

He had been working for the college since 1986 and had been the director of music at the Southport School and The King’s School in Parramatta.

His qualifications include Associate and Licentiate Diplomas, Music Education Degree and a Master of Music Degree. 

Mr Walmsley will be adjudicating until Saturday evening.

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