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Announcing the 2018 Contemporary Singing Judges


Sydney Eisteddfod is pleased to announce the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod Contemporary Singing adjudicators.

With affluent careers in the Australian and International entertainment industries, Dan Barnett, Mitchell Butel, and John Rowe will make up the spectacular panel for both the Junior and Senior Singer of the Year Categories.

With five CDs under his own name, Dan Barnett began his musical life 
as a Trombonist and quickly developed a love for singing, carving out an enviable reputation on the Australian music scene. Recording with some of the greats in international and Australian music, Dan is a regular on the Australian, New Zealand, American and European festival circuit.

Triple threat, Mitchell Butel holds three Helpmann Awards, three Sydney Theatre Awards and two Green Room Awards for his work as an actor, singer and director. Throughout his career he has worked extensively with a number of renowned Australian companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Sydney Festival, Malthouse Theatre and in many musicals including South Pacific, Orpheus in the Underworld and The Mikado for Opera Australia. 

John Rowe has worked as a writer, director, musical director, and composer for companies like Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, P&O and Princess Cruises. John’s performing credits include the role of Roger in the original Grease - The Arena Spectacular, Channel 7’s Carols in the Domain, and singing appearances on Good Morning Australia and Midday. As the performance coach on Series 4 & 5 of Channel 10’s Australian Idol, John has enjoyed coaching the likes of Jessica Mauboy, Damien Leith, Dean Geyer, Natalie Gauci, Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell.

Judges for the remaining Contemporary Singing events include:

James Bell
Margi De Feranti
Todd Goddard
Luke Joslin
Bev Kennedy
Tom Ragen, and
Anna Rizzo-Tassone

All Contemporary Singing events will run from May to September 2018.