Megan Evans OAM
Sydney Eisteddfod is mourning the death of pianist Megan Evans OAM, one of its most treasured friends and supporters, who died suddenly and peacefully in her 95th year on Monday, 8 June 2015.
Megan’s involvement with Sydney Eisteddfod began during its opening season in 1933. Back then, as a petite and pretty 13-year-old, she entered one of its first pianoforte events, and in doing so, lit a torch that has sparkled with mutual admiration and affection for the past 82 years.
As a veteran of the first City of Sydney Eisteddfod, Megan has always been part of our annual Festival, first as a competitor, then as an accompanist, vocal coach, supporter and most importantly a friend. Over the decades, she encouraged some of the brightest stars in the Sydney Eisteddfod galaxy, Dame Joan Sutherland and Maestro Richard Bonynge among them. She served as accompanist to several winners of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria, the last being Pelham Andrews in 2005, and until 2010, she continued playing for entrants in the Classical Singing category.
A redhead to the end, Megan with her unfading glamour and unswerving loyalty was a flame that illuminated Sydney Eisteddfod through The Great Depression, war and decades of social, musical and managerial change. She knew more about our history than we knew ourselves and, as she clearly remembered every good voice she had ever heard, we turned to her whenever we wanted to know something about a singer from the past.
As Megan was not only a fabulous musician, but also a very dear person, we are already missing her more than words can say.