Eisteddfod adjudicator praises “fantastic” talent on show

While he may not be as famous as his younger brother James, jazz drummer, band leader and music educator John Morrison is still renowned for his work for mentoring young children in learning and playing music.

TOP TALENT: Bathurst Eisteddfod adjudicator John Morrison, with volunteer Nicole Tucker, judging stage and Jazz bands. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 091018cestfod2a

TOP TALENT: Bathurst Eisteddfod adjudicator John Morrison, with volunteer Nicole Tucker, judging stage and Jazz bands. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 091018cestfod2a

He’s also been one of the adjudicators at this year’s Bathurst Eisteddfod, adjudicating on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday just gone.

While he may have only been at the eisteddfod for three days, he was nonetheless impressed by the talent on display.

“It’s been fantastic. It’s a wonderful thing to see so much talent,” he said.

“I’ve been coming out to schools in Bathurst for years, at Denison College and All Saints’. 

“It’s been marvellous to catch up with some of the teachers in the area. It’s all happening in Bathurst.”

Mr Morrison has been teaching music for over 30 years and he originally came out to Bathurst in his early 20s, with his brother, to play several gigs.

While he’s been teaching music for over three decades, he has no plans to stop.

“It’s a fantastic thing to do,” he said.

“I love the oral tradition aspect of it, passing my skills on and encouraging the next generation of musicians.” 

Music performances will continue until Friday, with speech and dance already finished, on September 2 and 7 respectively.

Entries for the eisteddfod were received from people all across the Central West, NSW and the ACT.  

The eisteddfod will conclude on Friday evening with a night of music featuring the Glenray choir, as well as schools performing one piece from one of their school musicals. 

For more details, visit the eisteddfod Facebook page.

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