Press Release: Young local guitarist to feature in final event of the 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod

25 September 2014

Fourteen-year-old classical guitarist Conor Hingerty of MacMaster’s Beach will compete against 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 traditionally brings this annual performing arts to a close.

Conor has been playing the classical guitar since he was eight and is preparing to sit for his 7th grade classical guitar AMEB exam in November. As recipient of the 2014 Ted Allen Guitar Scholarship, he studies with Giuseppe Zangari at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music. He plays with both the senior guitar ensemble and stage band at the Central Coast Grammar School and is often called upon to accompany student singers. He recently won the Classical Guitar Solo (14/u) at Sydney Eisteddfod, and while he says this is his preferred instrument, he also plays acoustic and electric models and his other hobbies include cricket, rugby and surfing.

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.

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information