Eisteddfod experience invaluable for Rockhampton's youth
GROWING up playing music has proved invaluable for Natalie Sharp.
A performance graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she majored in violin and viola, Natalie is adjudicating the instrumental section of the 2015 Rockhampton Eisteddfod.
Originally from Townsville, Natalie took part in music camps in Rockhampton in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
It was there she met members of the Sharp family, which she eventually married into.
Now she works collaboratively with husband Keith Sharp at camps and workshops and in the designing, editing and publishing of educational ensemble works.
Although Natalie had only judged the first morning session of the instrumental section when she spoke to The Morning Bulletin, she said there was a wide range of performances from children at every level.
Natalie said taking part in eisteddfods was important for young performers.
"It gives them a goal, a focus," she said.
Natalie said those who took part in eisteddfods would get a feel for performing in front of an audience and acoustics, as well as getting thorough feedback to help them improve their skills.
She said performing in ensembles also helped children develop skills in teamwork and playing as a cohesive group.
"In communities (eisteddfods) are very important," Natalie said.
The instrumental music section continues until the end of the week at the Pilbeam Theatre.