Parkes has no shortage of talented musicians as two young performers proved again last weekend when they both finished in the top group in the Australian National Busking Championships in Cooma.
More than 150 buskers from around the country took part in the annual event and included Anabelle Van Wyk (11) and Hannah Dun (13) from Parkes. They both finished as runners-up in the primary and secondary age categories respectively.
“It was a great experience and I really enjoyed seeing other talented musicians,” said Annabelle, who played her saxophone and sang. “The best part was performing in front of very enthusiastic crowds and meeting the members of the amazing String Family, who provided me with a lot of encouragement and support.”
Hannah, also a singer, said she had learnt to persevere and perform the best she could. “I met new talented friends who enjoy music like I do and who appreciate music. I want to thank all the sponsors and organisers, and for the support this event provides to many young emerging musicians.”
Annabelle qualified for the primary age category after winning the Peak Hill event earlier this year. Hannah came second in Peak Hill leg of the championship and tried again at the Gundagai Busking Championship where she got first place and qualified for Cooma.
By Maggi Barnard