Press Release: Newcastle vocalist to compete for Singer of the Year title at McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod

26 August 2014

Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Riordan of Lakelands is preparing to compete against five other talented songbirds in the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod Singer of the Year event.

Born in Queensland, Alexandra grew up in Singleton and now lives in Newcastle. She has been singing since she was seven-years-old, and although she initially trained as a classical singer, she now favours a more contemporary style and studies under the direction of David Guise at Vocal Evolution in Cardiff.

As a Year 11 student at the Hunter School of Performing Arts, Alexandra sings with the Senior Choir and Senior Vocal Ensemble. She has featured in Star Struck for the past four years and recently auditioned for the NSW Talent Development Project. Alexandra has performed as a soloist at both Sydney Town Hall and in Sydney Opera House and last year, studied an accelerated Gifted & Talented First Year Law subject with Newcastle University, passing LAWS1001A and LAWS1001B with High Distinction.

The final of the Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year will take place at Petersham RSL Club on Tuesday, 9 September at 6.30pm and the final Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year is included in the evening’s program. Tickets costing $25 (adult) and $20 (concession) can be booked online at or by phoning (02) 9261-8366.

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information