Press Release: Last chance for schools to enter the 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod

Mar 18, 2014

The 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod promises to be one of the most exciting ever. Its 92-page Syllabus includes almost four hundred classical and contemporary events for aspiring singers, dancers, musicians, composers, choirs, bands, orchestras, drama groups and dance troupes.

Ever since the festival began in 1933, its organisers have been encouraging primary and secondary school students to take an active interest in the arts by including a number of group events in its program. Last year, as part of its 80th Anniversary celebrations, Sydney Eisteddfod and Rotary Club of Sydney Cove presented the inaugural Australian Choral Grand Prix. Initially staged as a one-off event, this proved such an outstanding success that it is being presented again this year. To qualify, choirs must place first or second in the finals of The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Choral Championships. Three finals comprise these championships, and as one is for open age choirs, another for youth choirs (19/u) and the third primary/infants school choirs, at least four and possibly six qualifiers will come from schools.

Last year, the four school choirs that sang in this event claimed the six prizes offered. The PLC Sydney Chamber Choir won the $10,000 first prize, while second place-getter, the Fort Street High School Chamber Choir received $5,000, plus an extra $1,000 for giving the best performance of an Australian composition. Waitara Voices from Waitara Public School won the $3,000 third prize and athe $1,000 People’s Choice Award and magnificent perpetual and annual trophies were also awarded.

The 2014 Syllabus also includes a vast program of events for bands of all types, ensembles and orchestras. There are also events for drama groups, duos and trios, along with a six-event program for primary and secondary school dance troupes. Professional dance academies and performing arts school are excluded from these events.

The complete Syllabus can be viewed on the Sydney Eisteddfod website.

Entries can be lodged online through the above website or by fax to 02 9261 8161. For further information or a printed copy of the Syllabus, contact Sydney Eisteddfod by phoning 02 9261 8366 or emailing

Late entries will be accepted on a space available basis for increased fees and as these come into force within the next few days, enter without delay.

For immediate release 

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information