Rocky?s eisteddfod in full play from today

MUSIC takes centre stage in Rockhampton during the next fortnight as part two of the 2005 eisteddfod begins today.

With the event split for its 70th year it is the turn for piano, vocal, strings, woodwind and brass musicians after dancing, speech and drama featured in May.

Organising committee president Pauline Colvin expected about 3000 participants from throughout Queensland and as far south as Sydney.

The first week of the event was being staged at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre and the second was based at the Pilbeam Theatre. Seats were at a premium. Feedback from the split format had been positive.

"One of the reasons we split it up was the competitors and mothers were absolutely worn out,'' Mrs Colvin said.

"The mothers have said they can sit back and enjoy what their children are doing.''

For Mrs Colvin the 70th city eisteddfod is the 50th she has been involved with.

Beginning as an 11-year-old entrant, she became a regular competitor. Then her own children entered to continue the connection.

More recently Mrs Colvin was the eisteddfod committee treasurer for 22 years and is now in her fourth year as president.



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