Angus Noakes on stage at the 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Angus Noakes has been entering the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod for the past three years. In 2014, he made his mark by qualifying for the final of Junior Singer of the Year event a third time. He also won the gold medal in the Vocal Performance event for his age group, a silver in a duo with Louis Vinciguerra and a bronze in the Classical Singing category. Angus enjoys performing onstage, and despite his youth, has already appeared in 15 musical shows.
Why did you start singing?
I saw my cousin in a amateur production of West Side Story when I was about 8, and I knew that this was something I really wanted to do.
What is your favourite song to sing and why?
Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar as it is a huge song, with lots of money notes and basically is just an excuse to show off on stage.
What would you say to someone that was thinking about entering the Sydney Eisteddfod?
I think more boys should enter the Sydney Eisteddfod, as there are very few of my kind competing at the moment. Having said that, it is a great place to meet girls! But it is a really great and fun experience in an extremely welcoming and warm environment.
What do you dream to achieve?
To be the Rum Tum Tugger in a professional production of Cats.
What was the most memorable aspect of performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod?
Gaining a first place in the vocal performance U14 section this year, as I have never placed first before. I also find the cheeseburgers at Petersham RSL quite legendary – they are the best!
Who inspires you and why?
My family, friends and teachers as they are constantly supporting me 24/7.
What have you learnt about yourself through performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod?
I have discovered through performing in a few classical sections that I really enjoy classical music and singing it.
What did you do to prepare for your performance?
Really think about the story and the character behind my songs. Both “Flight” and “Moving Too Fast” have very different stories, emotions, meanings and messages and therefore I have had to really think hard about how to communicate to the audience during these songs. Otherwise it’s just singing a bunch of notes!