25 September 2014
The Northern Districts will be well represented at the Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence on 7 October. Fourteen-year-old pianist Kimble Zhang of Epping will compete against nine other outstanding young musicians from the recent Sydney Eisteddfod, while 13-year-old singer-actor Alex Chorley of Ryde has been chosen to feature in the guest spot. 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.
Kimble began his piano studies at the age of four and soon displayed a natural talent. He won his first gold medal at Sydney Eisteddfod at the age of seven. Since then has participated every year and garnered a collection of 24 gold medals. Kimble, who has performed at Sydney Opera House and other key venues, has been studying with Margaret Hair since 2010 and this year gained his LMusA with distinction. He attends The King’s School at North Parramatta on a full academic scholarship and in both 2012 and in 2013 attended master classes with the world-renowned pianist Professor John Perry.
Another veteran of the Sydney Eisteddfod platform, Alex Chorley set something of a record earlier this year by winning three gold medals for classical singing and two for speech and drama. Already a seasoned entertainer, Alex’s professional credits include playing Michael Banks in the Sydney season of Mary Poppins at the Capitol Theatre. He appeared in Under Milk Wood with the Sydney Theatre Company, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' with the Belfour Street Theatre and has enjoyed three seasons with Opera Australia, most recently playing one of the three spirits in The Magic Flute. Now in Year 8, Alex holds a singing scholarship at the McDonald College at North Strathfield, and also enjoys experimenting with music and dance.
Now in its sixth year, the Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence are sponsored by the family of Emeritus Professor Alfred Pollard who served as chairman of Sydney Eisteddfod from 1995 until his death in 2000.
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Jennie Lees, PhD
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