Press Release: Two aspiring vocalists from the Shire to compete for Singer of the Year titles at McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod

29 August 2013

Two outstanding young vocalists will compete for the junior and senior Singer of the Year titles at McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod.

Ever since the Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year was first presented in 2011, Teagan Denham of Woronora Heights has sung her way into the finals. Now 16, she is competing against more mature singers for the senior title, but as she has been performing for most of her life and already has a wealth of experience behind her, she is unfazed by the challenge and determined to do her best.

Teagan shares her love of the performing arts with her siblings. She teaches dancing and choreographs routines with her brother and writes songs with her sister. She also engages in performing arts opportunities at her local high school, and has been short-listed as a featured artist in the forthcoming Schools Spectacular. A veteran of McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod, Teagan has a huge collection of medals to her credit. Earlier this season, she won the Song & Dance event for her age group. She also appeared with Village Performing Arts Centre team in a prize-winning routine at Sydney Opera House and helped McDonald’s Australia celebrate its 26 years as principal sponsor of the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod by performing live at their restaurant in Menai.

Fourteen-year-old Angus Noakes of Como will compete for the Junior Singer of the Year title for the third successive year. Gus, as he prefers to be called, is a Year 8 student at the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. He competed successfully in both classical and contemporary singing events at this year’s McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod and says genre he enjoys most is musical theatre. He has already performed in 15 different productions and this month will appear as Ryan Evans in the High School Musical for Rockdale Musical Society.

As a soloist with the NSW State School Singers, Gus will feature as a backing vocalist in the 2014 NSW Schools Spectacular. He recently began taking dance classes and in his spare time, he composes music for piano and guitar.

The finals of the the Junior and Senior Sydney Eisteddfod Singer of the Year contests will take place at Petersham RSL Club on Tuesday, 9 September at 6.30pm. Tickets costing $25 (adult) and $20 (concession) can be booked online at or by phoning (02) 9261-366.

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information