Coastal A Cappella on stage at the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
This year, the popular Short + Sweet competition expanded its program with several new categories, including Short + Sweet Voices for choral groups that dared to be extraordinary. This section attracted a total of 28 entries and after an exciting elimination round, 10 choirs moved into the Short + Sweet Gala Final at The Concourse, Chatswood in March.
As the finalists all had plenty to offer, they combined in a hugely entertaining show with Coastal a Cappella and Soulfood A Cappella shining among the frontrunners. As champions of Sydney Eisteddfod platform, these two choirs and a few others, added an extra edge to their performances.
The adjudicators were thrilled with the choirs, but although they praised the overall standard, the evening ended with 40-odd divas of the Coastal a Cappella chorus running away with the Best Choir and Best Interpretation awards, while Soulfood A Cappella went home as proud winners of the People’s Choice and Most Innovated Staging awards.
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates both groups and hopes to see them again when its festival returns to The Concourse Concert Hall in June. For the record, Coastal a Cappella has won prizes aplenty at Sydney Eisteddfod and last year emerged triumphant in the Choreographed Choir (any age). Always hard to beat, Soulfood A Cappella holds an enviable place in Sydney Eisteddfod history as winner of the prestigious John Lamble Foundation Australasian Open Choral Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2013!