Banding together online in Eisteddfod

Close up of saxaphones in jazz concert.

The Australian National Eisteddfod’s 2021 Bands & Orchestras event took place in an online format, due to COVID risk factors.

A total of 62 groups submitted recordings for adjudication, and received feedback on their performances.

Given the online format, all sections were non-competitive.

The overall level was high, with 8 Platinum awards, 24 Gold awards, 21 Silver awards and 9 Bronze awards.

Platinum awards for outstanding performances went to 3 Canberra Grammar School Orchestras, Canberra Brass, Ginninderra Wind Orchestra, Hunter Wind Ensemble, Lyneham High School Year 10 Concert Band and Hunter School of the Performing Arts Junior Concert Band.

Canberra Grammar School Fitzgerald Jazz Band was awarded the Kaaren Talty Jazz Encouragement Award and Canberra High School the Masling Encouragement Award.

Experienced adjudicator Greg Aitken, from Brisbane, provided positive and constructive feedback to all groups and was impressed by the overall high standard of performances.

Other Eisteddfod events (Singing, Piano, Choirs and Speech & Drama) will be held later in the year at a time and date yet to be confirmed due to COVID-19 and the current lockdown scheduled until 2 September 2021. Choirs will be held through submitted recordings, in a similar manner to Bands & Orchestras.

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See the Band & Orchestras Results here