Molly Stewart on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod takes pleasure in announcing the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Singer of the Year judges for both the Junior and Senior Category. Margi de Ferranti, Luke Joslin and Bev Kennedy will make up the panel and all have cherished careers as Australian entertainers.
Margi de Ferranti has enjoyed a flourishing career in the entertainment industry since 1986. She has appeared in Les Miserables (1987 and 1996), Aspects of Love (Guilietta),The Buddy Holly Story (Maria Elena Holly), Grease! (Rizzo), Sunday in the Park with George (Dot), Fame The Musical (Miss Bell - MO Award Nomination) and Mamma Mia National Tour (Donna) in 2003-4. She was also the Inaugural Winner of the Sydney Cabaret Convention in 1997 and has created many shows. Margi now focuses her time with up and coming stars as well as industry professionals by teaching at major performing arts schools such as NIDA and AIM, Brent St and The McDonald College.
Since graduating from the University of Western Sydney and ACTT, Luke Joslin has forged a hugely successful career in both musical and legitimate theatre, as well as being highly sought-after as a director. Luke most recently appeared in The Play That Goes Wrong, The Seekers musical Georgy Girl and Machu Picchu (STCSA/STC). Luke’s outstanding performance as Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q was recognized with two awards: the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical and a Green Room Award Best Male Actor in a Featured Role (Music Theatre).
Bev Kennedy is generally regarded as one of Australia’s leading Musical Directors & accompanists, having worked on over 30 professional productions. Shows she has worked on include Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, The Producers, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago, and The Concert version of Sunset Boulevard with Judi Connelli. She was assistant Musical Director for Simon Gallaher’s Pirates of Penzance, which is the highest selling recording of a musical in Australian history and also won an Aria award for best soundtrack. Most recently Bev has been working on the shows Heathers, Jersey Boys, Wicked & was Musical Director on Avenue Q. She was also nominated for a Green Room award for her work as Musical Director on Gutenberg the Musical.
Judges for other categories will be announced in the lead up to the 2017 Festival that is scheduled to run from May to September.