Michelle Mutyora. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
On Tuesday 11 September 2018, twelve aspiring singers proved they could entertain a crowd and sing up a storm in The Sydney Eisteddfod Singer of the Year Finals. Both the Juniors and Seniors performed to an extremely high level and after careful deliberation, judges awarded Senior Singer of the Year to 20-year-old Michelle Mutyora and Junior Singer of the Year to 14-year-old Tilli McMahon.
Michelle's renditions of Prince's Purple Rain, Gloria Estefan's Turn the Beat Around and I Am Changing from Dream Girls earned her the title of The Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year 2018 which was generously sponsored by Petersham RSL Club and supplemented by the Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund.
Senior finalists also had the opportunity to work with a professional 4-piece band for one or all of their songs, led by Musical Director Bev Kennedy. This would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsor Douglas Sutherland AM.
In the Junior category, Tilli McMahon was awarded the winning title. She performed Why Can't That Be Me from Muriel's Wedding the musical and Summertime from Porgy and Bess.
Teaghan Thompson and Alexander Young were the recipients of recorded backing tracks, generously provided by backingtracks.com.au.
Michelle also won the People’s Choice Award, a new award created in 2018 to further encourage finalists in either age group by allowing audience members to vote for their favourite performer. The People's Choice Award was generously sponsored by Douglas Sutherland AM.
2018 also commemorates the 28 year partnership between Sydney Eisteddfod and Petersham RSL Club. Sydney Eisteddfod is grateful to the directors, staff & members of Petersham RSL Club for their continued help & support over the years.
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates all of the other Junior finalists Jacqueline Attard, Angus Simpson, Natalie Theodore, Mira Thippawal and Siena Caleta and Senior finalists Gemma Nha, Charles Cross, Sophia Bridget Dalisay, Teaghan Thompson and Alexander Young on their fabulous performances in the Final.