Lilia Jackson on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Last year was exceptionally busy for 18-year-old Port Frederick songbird Lilia Jackson. In addition to completing her HSC, she sang her way into the Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year final. Better still, she also won the Vocal Performance (18/o), the Jazz or Blues (16/o) and finished the competition by adding another two gold medals to her ever-growing trophy collection.
Lilia won the Jazz or Blues event singing one of her HSC music performance pieces, Take the A Train. To her delight, the powers that be selected this number for the HSC Encore program, and on February 22, she will perform it at Sydney Opera House as one of the 21 2015 HSC music students chosen to appear in this celebratory event.
Over the last few years, Lilia has been a regular performer on the Sydney Eisteddfod platform. She has won many prizes and in 2012 etched her name in the chronicles of this historic competition by winning the Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year title. On that occasion, adjudicators Bev Kennedy and John Rowe announced that although the eight finalists all sang superbly, they were awarding the $1,000 prize to Lilia because she gave the most intensely musical performance.
In a few weeks, Lilia will open a new chapter in her life by entering university. Her friends and admirers at Sydney Eisteddfod wish her every success in her studies and hope she continues to use her wonderful voice on the path she follows in future.