Molly Barwick on stage in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP
Each year the annual Schools Spectacular is an outstanding showcase of talent featuring students from NSW public schools. This year saw a 2,700-strong choir, 2,300 dancers, an 80-piece symphony orchestra, a world-class stage band and outstanding solo performers come together across two nights of performances.
Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Gabrielle Montalbo and Molly Barwick were two of the featured artists who wowed the crowd with their vocal talents. Molly was a Junior Featured Artist and sang “Get Back Up Again” from DreamWorks Animation's Trolls. Gabrielle also performed alongside other talented featured artists in “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”, made famous by Tori Kelly in the movie Sing! and “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen.
“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! Being able to perform with so many amazingly talented singers and dancers, alongside so many students from schools across NSW, I feel so blessed to be apart of it!” said Gabrielle.
Molly, who made her debut at Sydney Eisteddfod in 2014, made a name for herself in the 2017 season winning the Song From A Musical/Music Theatre (12 Years) event and coming 3rd in the Vocal Performance (12 Years). Despite only being 12-years old Molly is an accomplished performer having played the lead role in the Sydney production of Matilda the Musical.
“Sydney Eisteddfod has given me more experience of singing on stage and has helped improved my confidence. It has also helped me improve my singing skills and my technique. Sydney Eisteddfod is also a great way to build up your talent and I've loved being apart of Sydney Eisteddfod this year” said Molly.
In 2015, Gabrielle was crowned winner of the Singer/Songwriter (Any Age) event, the Vocal Performance (14 Yrs) event and the Song From A Musical/Music Theatre (14 Yrs) event, scoring a hat-trick of titles. She then continued on a high in 2016 winning prizes in the Singer/Songwriter (Any Age) event and the R&B or Gospel Singer (15 & Under).
“Sydney Eisteddfod has always been an important platform for my singing journey, because it has not only strengthened me in terms of performing and exposure, but it has significantly built my confidence. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve anything today, especially Schools Spectacular. I would like to say thank you to Sydney Eisteddfod, for giving these opportunities, as they truly are opportunities that have made me who I am today, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates both Molly and Gabrielle on this achievement and wishes them the best of luck with their musical endeavours as there is sure to be many on the horizon.