Gemma and Susan

Gemma Nha, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year, and Susan Rose, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Oh, what a night! Sydney Eisteddfod lights up for Singer of the Year finals

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With over eight decades experience, Sydney Eisteddfod knows how to stage a great show. Its finals are always brilliant, and many who attended the 2014 Senior and Junior Singer of Year finals at Petersham RSL Club are lauding it as the most spectacular event ever staged in the history of the competition.

Gemma Nha

Gemma Nha, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

The younger singers opened the program. The were all potential winners, but after some agonising choices, the adjudicators chose the first performer Gemma Nha as Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2014 Junior Singer of the Year. A student of the McDonald College, Gemma began her performance as broken-hearted girl singing Hurt by Christina Aguilera, then in complete contrast, celebrated the joy of living with her bubbling rendition of Michael Bublé’s Feeling Good.

Junior Finalists

Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year finalists with adjudicators Meredith O’Reilly (far left) and Marika Aubrey (far right). Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Impressed with the overall standard, the adjudicators lavishly praised Gemma and other five remaining finalists, Taylah Albert, Hannah Mitchell, Angus Noakes, Kayla Piscopo and Molly Stewart. Convinced they are all rising stars, Sydney Eisteddfod applauds their efforts and looks forward to seeing and hearing them on its stages in 2015.

Susan Rose

Susan Rose, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

The singers competing for the senior title, performed with a live band, and they, too, were sensational. All were worthy of the $5,000 prize, but at the end of the night Susan Rose scored a popular victory. Susan, who has been competing on the Sydney Eisteddfod platform for the past five years or so, has always been a frontrunner, and now at the age of 21, she has emerged as a gracious artist who seems totally at home on the stage.

Susan scored her victory singing her favourite song, Whitney Houston’s One Moment in Time, followed by Queen’s Somebody to Love and Jennifer Holiday’s And I’m Telling You, and later delighted the audience with a rousing, celebratory encore. Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Susan on her success.

Senior Finalists

The 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year finalists with adjudicators Marika Aubrey and Margi de Feranti. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

The other finalists, Teagan Denham and Olivia Clare Vasquez, who received prizes from backingtracks.com.au, and, Alissa Del Vecchio, Rosemaree Dinaro and Alexandra Riordan, all performed outstandingly and Sydney Eisteddfod wishes them every success in their future careers.

Sydney Eisteddfod takes this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the evening, including musicians Bev Kennedy, Tom Ferris, Andy Davies and Hugh Fraser who made up the band. The tuneful trio from the Sister2Sister School of Singing who entertained the crowd while adjudicators Meredith O’Reilly Marika Aubrey & and Margi de Feranti made their final decisions. Danny Fitzgerald and the directors Petersham RSL Club for their ongoing support and Warren Burr who is without doubt one of the finest comperes on the Sydney Club circuit. WinkiPop Media, our official photographer, and last, but not least, technical operators Gabby and Toni Venditti who turned the auditorium into a magical place with their colourful lighting.

Sister2Sister AMPlify

AMPlify from the Sister2Sister School of Singing. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Gemma and Susan

Gemma Nha, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year, and Susan Rose, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

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