Sydney Eisteddfod takes pride in reporting that three of its former champions were recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. First and foremost, it applauds Richard Gill who was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his distinguished services to the performing arts as a conductor, artistic director and advisor, along with his contribution to the development of music in education and as a mentor to young musicians.
Richard, who made his first appearance at Sydney Eisteddfod back in 1953, has supported it ever since by encouraging aspiring players to participate in its program. In 2013, he made a magnificent contribution to its 80th Anniversary celebrations by rehearsing and conducting an orchestra featuring just on 100 talented music students from schools across State in a free Orchestral Spectacular at Sydney Town Hall, where the life of the Sydney historic Sydney Eisteddfod began on 19 August 1933.
The Sydney Eisteddfod team also extend hearty congratulations to actor Lynn Rainbow and broadcaster Deborah Spillane who both were named members in the General Division of The Order of Australia (AM).
The granddaughter of Sir Benjamin Fuller, one of the greatest theatrical entrepreneurs in Australian history, Lynn shone in verse speaking and ballet events at Sydney Eisteddfod throughout her childhood and went on to become a hugely successful actress. Nowadays, best remembered as a star of the long-running 1970’s television series Number 96, Lynn was honoured for her noteworthy service to the community through her support for a range of cultural and charitable organisations, and to the performing arts as an actor.
Known and loved by ABC listeners, especially sports fans, Deborah received her award for her significant service to media as a sports commentator, journalist and as a role model for women in broadcasting. In younger days, she won numerous awards honing her voice skills on Sydney Eisteddfod stages and developed a passion for radio.