Rachel Thompson on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Audience members were captivated on Friday 11 August as Rachel Thompson claimed the winning title in the 2017 NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. Open to ambitious musicians between 16 and 25 years of age, the evening saw a range of violinists, trombonists and clarinetists take to the stage and demonstrate just how skillful the next generation of Australian artists are.
Rachel performed Igor Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo and Peregi Verbunk, op. 40 by Leo Weiner and received a $6,000 Scholarship and $2,000 cash to assist in furthering her career.
A second prize consisting of a $3,000 Scholarship sponsored by The Brian Sherman Memorial Trust Fund was awarded to Jamie McCarthy.
Despite there being only one winner, all finalists performed to an incredibly high standard. Finalists Claudia Jelic, Mitzi Gardner, Aimee Vozzo and Jeffrey Cheah received $500 for participating in the event and both judges believe that all entrants have promising futures in music.