Big bro steps in to save day for Xylia

TALENTED DUO: Xylia Wang with her brother Joeyan at the 68th annual Ipswich Music Eisteddfod.
TALENTED DUO: Xylia Wang with her brother Joeyan at the 68th annual Ipswich Music Eisteddfod. Rob Williams

WHEN Xylia Wang's piano partner injured her arm two days before their Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod performance, she turned to her older brother for help.

Fortunately, her 12-year-old sibling Joeyan is no stranger to the ivory eighty-eights.

The Brisbane Grammar Year 8 student, who has been playing the piano since he was four, said he didn't mind stepping in at the last minute to help Xylia, 8, with her duet.

He had a day to learn the high notes to play the Cuban-influenced piece Malaguena.

"I wasn't too anxious about it," Joeyan said. "I've performed at this particular eisteddfod for three years in a row."

Despite the late change-up, the brother and sister duo still managed to take out first place in their age category.

As the siblings received their prize, another talented young musician was impressing adjudicators in the room next door.

Promising vocalist Joanna Beveridge was a standout favourite when she performed her rendition of At Evening.

The 10-year-old said she began singing at church and had been involved with vocal training at the Booval School of Music for about two years.

"I really enjoy singing - I pretty much sing everywhere." she said.

"I was nervous performing in the eisteddfod but once I finished I was confident that I had sung well."

The 68th Annual Music Eisteddfod will continue today until Saturday and will be followed by the speech and dance eisteddfods.

It is held at the Ipswich Civic Centre. For information email eisteddfodipswich@gmail.com.



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