Soulfood A Cappella on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Each year the Sydney Eisteddfod Choral Championships attract the best choirs from across Australia and 2018 was no different. On Sunday 24 June, 22 choirs came together to present a well-rehearsed showcase of everyone’s favourite songs, as you have never heard them before.
In The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs (19/u), Pymble Chorale from Pymble Ladies' College took out a well-deserved first place. The Choir performed Tundra by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Where? from The Rabbits by Kate Miller Heidke & Iain Grandage, arranged by Dan Walker and El Vito, a traditional Spanish folk song, arranged by Joni Jensen. Meriden Senior Singers were runners up, and Reddam House Senior Choir followed in third place.
Judges Gregory Platt and Elizabeth Vierboom congratulated all choirs on their performances.
The Youth Championship was sponsored by The John Lamble Foundation and without their generous support the $7,000 total prize value would not have been possible.
Both the Judges, Simon Kenway and Gregory Platt, and audience members selected Soulfood A Cappella as their preferred choir and they took home awards for both the winner of the Open Choral Championship and the Audience Vote awards. Their winning repertoire included Chains by Tina Arena, Pam Resnick & Steve Werfel, Randy Newman's Feels Like Home and Lionel Ritchie's All Night Long.
Sydney Harmony took out second place and Endeavour Harmony Chorus was awarded third.
The Open Age Championship was sponsored by The Haggarty Foundation, The Cameron Family and the Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund and without the generous support of these sponsors the $9,500 total prize value would not have been possible.
Sydney Eisteddfod extends a sincere thank you to Sydney Grammar School, with special mention to Headmaster Dr Richard Malpass and the Head of Music, Mr Paul Gaske, for their support as a venue partner and the passion they continue to share for arts education.
Sydney Eisteddfod is overjoyed at the success of the day and is incredibly proud of the efforts displayed by all.