Musician Michael Bradshaw visits the schoolkids of Roma to help with their upcoming eisteddfod.
Musician Michael Bradshaw visits the schoolkids of Roma to help with their upcoming eisteddfod. Blake Antrobus

Renowned musician lends talent for upcoming Eisteddfod

MICHAEL Bradshaw's musical career has taken him as far as Hungary, but even he reckons the Roma and District schoolkids are doing an "amazing job” with their upcoming production.

The professional musician visited schoolkids across the Maranoa to help them prepare for the upcoming eisteddfod, helping to accompany them with their songs and share his musical knowledge.

The decision was made on behalf of the Roma and District Eisteddfod Committee, who saw the need for local schools to have access to music specialists when they noticed patterns in nominations for singing events in the 2014 Eisteddfod.

Mr Bradshaw, who will now be working with hundreds of students across the region, said he was excited to help out with the upcoming event.

"I'm really enjoying the program; all the kids love music, and they just need the opportunity,” he said.

Donations from St John's Catholic School and Roma State College have allowed Mr Bradshaw to visit the region for three separate visits, where he will continue to assist the schools with their performances.

Ms Annie McArthur, vice president of Roma and District Eisteddfod Committee, is the classroom music teacher who visits Mitchell State School and Wallumbilla State School.

Thanks to the support of school Principals Julie Guthrie and Stacey Train, Annie has been able to rearrange her school day, and travel with Michael as he has delivered his workshops to the Yuleba and Surat State Schools.

"In a country community, all students should have equal opportunity to access events, whether it is sport or the performing arts,” said St John's School Principal Nicholas Lynch.

"There is a civic and ethical responsibility placed on the larger schools to ensure the smaller schools are included. This means, being able to shoulder some of the financial costs for the common good regardless of what system students belong to.”


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