The 35th Armidale Eisteddfod concluded June 5 with a workshop on music composition given by Luke Byrne, followed by performances of the shortlisted entries and awards.
It showcased some exceptional talent amongst Armidale's music students, both young and not so young.
On Sunday June 2, the New England Championship was held.
Seven contestants vied for the award, and the audience was treated to voice, drama, piano, woodwind, harp, violin and woodwind. The standard was very high, as is usually the case.
The adjudicators, Naomi Turner, Head of Music at Calrossy in Tamworth, and Armidale's own Phil Oxley had a tough time trying to rank them.
However, in the end James McKay was the winner with a performance on not one, but two, woodwind instruments.
Every year during the Eisteddfod the various adjudicators are asked to nominate performers who have performed exceptionally well for inclusion in the Gala Concert.
This year the Gala Concert will be held at 2pm at the Old Teachers College Auditorium on Sunday 16th June. Armidale Eisteddfod's President, Elizabeth Peach, hopes that many people will take this opportunity to support and "Celebrate young talent".