Lovers of music and poetry were treated to a small concert on Sunday, May 23 at the Presbyterian Church hall.

The concert was organised by piano teacher Liz Martin-Dickison, to give her students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience before the Narrabri Eisteddfod.

“None of the students have performed in an eisteddfod before, so I thought I would organise the concert to give them a chance to experience performing before the eisteddfod,” she said.

Starting with a few piano students, the list grew to include violinists, poetry recitation and the first ever performance of a new work by a young composer.

All students performed well despite some nerves, and there were smiles all round as some of the smaller but most enthusiastic participants owned the stage.

“I was really nervous, I nearly forgot the poem,” said Will Smith, after reciting Banjo Paterson’s poem High Explosive.

One highlight of the concert was a masterful performance on the piano by Daniel Smith, who played Tarantella and La Chasse (The Hunt) by Friedrich Burgmüller, followed by CPE Bach’s Solfeggietto, to shouts of encore from the audience.

Another highlight was the final act, a piece for piano entitled Gads.

Composed by Year 10 student, Alex Mison, the piece was performed for the first time ever in public by Liz Martin-Dickison.

Alex had entered his composition in the eisteddfod.

After the concert, the audience was treated to a delicious afternoon tea.

Ms Martin-Dickison was delighted by the success of the concert, and hopes to organise another one next year, with more students.

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