Press Release: Ferny Hills violinist chosen to compete in final event of the 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod

25 September 2014

Sixteen-year-old violinist Lily Hinson-Spence will compete with nine other outstanding piano and instrumental winners from the recent Sydney Eisteddfod in the Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence on 7 October. Hosted by Lane Cove Music at the Lane Cove-Mowbray Anglican Church, this final play-off between the top 10 junior musicians will bring the 2014 festival to a close.

Lily, who comes from Ferny Hills, began taking violin lessons at the age of six and is currently studying with Robin Wilson. In 2013 and 2014, she claimed third prize in the Australian Open Concerto and Vocal Competition, and this year was recipient of the Audience Choice Award. In recent months, Lily also scored top honours in The Wenkart Foundation Junior Violin (16/u) at McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod and reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Kendall National Violin Competition. She ha been a finalist in of the National Youth Concerto Competition on two occasions, and earlier this year played in a chamber group with professional musicians at the Bangalow Music Festival.

Lily has performed on television in both Australia and France and has also recorded for 4MBS.

Now in its sixth year, the Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence are sponsored by the family of Emeritus Professor Alfred Pollard of Macquarie University who served as chairman of Sydney Eisteddfod from 1995 until his death in 2000.

For immediate release

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information