Students Shine at Gold Coast Eisteddfod
One of King's piano teachers, Mrs Angela Lubbe, entered several students into the Gold Coast Eisteddfod last week. We are pleased to report that Nathan Samuel (Year 5) took a bronze medal in the Preliminary Grade section and Anushka Jegadeesh (Year 6) received a Highly Commended award in the Age 10 Years Solo category.
All the other students played well and came away with good feedback from the adjudicator. The standard of playing in the solo categories was extremely high.
Overall, it was an enriching experience for the students and they came away feeling very proud of themselves.
Nathan Samuel shares his experiences from this year's Eisteddfod:
Recently I participated in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod for Music, Dance and Drama. It took place at the Robina Community Centre, where I arrived with my dad in the afternoon. We were greeted by a kind receptionist and then we had to wash our hands and take all the other necessary COVID-19 precautions but it was all worth it as soon as we stepped into the huge hall. It was stunning with a huge stage and a gorgeous grand piano sparkled on the stage. There was a wide range of people there, from prep kids to high schoolers all from different schools across the Gold Coast. Many of the kids looked very professional in tuxedos and ball gowns. My piano teacher, Mrs Lubbe, was there to encourage and support all her students.
All the performances were of a very high standard and it was a tough competition. Eventually, it was my section and I was called up to the stage. Before I performed, I was taken backstage to wash my hands again. As soon as they announced my name, I hurriedly approached the grand piano and bowed hastily before starting to play my song. I was pretty nervous about playing in front of so many people for the first time but it wasn’t that bad. The adjudicator gave me some helpful tips on my technique and performance and I even managed to get third place for one of the pieces. All in all, I’m happy I attended the Eisteddfod because it was a great learning opportunity and it has motivated me to keep practising and improving my piano skills.