McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod 2013
Congratulations to Cassandra Colless for winning the Sydney Eisteddfod “Singer Of The Year (16-25 years)” for 2013.
It’s always great to be involved in the house band under the direction of Bev Kennedy for the finals and this year was no exception with a strong field of Male and Female vocalists.
The Sydney Eisteddfod can be a great launching pad for emerging artists with the singer of the year picking up over 7K worth of prizes including recording sessions at Albert Studios.
This year was even more significant as it was the 80th anniversary of the Sydney Eisteddfod. Here is a quick blurb from their website and I would encourage any young artist to have a read and consider entering. Click here for the Sydney Eisteddfod website
Sydney Eisteddfod rose from the gloom of the Great Depression. It grew from an idea formed in 1932, when in the wake of the Harbour Bridge opening, opinion-makers lamenting the city’s lack of culture pointed out that unless those in power took immediate steps to cultivate a more sophisticated image for the city, Sydney would remain a cultural backwater forever. The City of Sydney Organising Committee in consultation with the local musical community, devised plans for a great eisteddfod as a ploy to enhance Sydney’s reputation as a music centre.
Since beginning in 1933, the Sydney Eisteddfod platform has served as a launching pad for so many great Australian artists that it has not only created a galaxy of stars, but also contributed a wealth of cultural capital to the Australian nation. The late Dame Joan Sutherland, who served as one of its artistic patrons until her death in October 2010, never forgot that her rise to fame began with her win in the Sun Aria and numerous other internationally acclaimed celebrities, including Maestro RichardBonynge AO CBE, pianist Roger Woodward, tenor Stuart Skelton and Steven McRae, principal of The Royal Ballet and widely regarded as one of the finest male dancers in the world, recall the competition with similar loyalty.