Young musicians key for Toowoomba piano competition

ORGANISERS of the Charles and Motee Rogers memorial piano competition are enjoying “bumper numbers” of competitors this year after the addition of new sections for junior players.

The competition, which is now in its 36th year, will be held at St David’s Presbyterian Church this Saturday running from 9am – 5pm.

Toowoomba and District Music Teachers’ Association of Queensland president Paula Melville-Clark said the competition was borne from a love of music.

“Charles and Motee Rogers are remembered by the Toowoomba community for their generous contributions and their work promoting young musicians,” Ms Melville-Clark said.

“When Motee died, Charles set up this competition in her memory. When he passed it was renamed, and it has been running ever since.”

Ms Melville-Clark said the event had more than 40 competitors this year, which had doubled since 2018.

“I think (the increase) has come about because we have gradually extended the competition to include more grade levels.”

Toowoomba pianist Ben Anderson will be the guest performer at the event. Now in his final year of a bachelor of music honours at the University of Queensland, Mr Anderson said he was excited to return for the competition.

The event has a $5 entry fee and is open to all.

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