19 September 2017
On Tuesday 12 September Justin Chen from St Ives won the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year, held at Petersham RSL Club and was awarded $2,000.
Performing Anthem from Chess the Musical and Proud of Your Boy from Aladdin the Musical heimpressed the judges, prompting them to name him this year’s Junior Singer of the Year.
Justin says that he’s always enjoyed singing and that performance opportunities such as Sydney Eisteddfod have helped him develop as a singer as well as a person.
“I have been able to build performance experience, resilience and perseverance all of which are important life skills not only specific to performing arts. It was great to have opportunities to see other contestants perform on stage.” Justin said.
“I’ve enjoyed singing ever since I was 3 years old. I sang in the Sydney Children’s Choir, I was also part of the competition choir at my primary school and enjoyed performing in Sydney Eisteddfod’s Choral events.” he said.
“I would like to continue to develop my skills and sing as well as possible, do my best to perform well and enjoy having opportunities to sing in front of different audiences.” he said.
Adjudicators Margi de Feranti, Luke Joslin and Bev Kennedy said that they were looking for good, solid technique when selecting which of the finalists would be this year’s Singer of the Year.
“Technique is everything for any performer, as style is something that can be applied, but you need those strong foundations to be able to build upon.” said Bev.
“Finalists should be able to take away a real sense of accomplishment knowing they have made it into a very elite group of professional stars of the future.” she said.
The events $3,200 total prize value would not have been possible without the generous support provided by sponsor Petersham RSL Club.
2017 marks a 27 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.
The other Finalists that performed on the night were Kristian Babian (Roseville Chase), Saphia Tamalemai (Auburn), Tilli McMahon (Seaforth) and Celina Sharma (Mosman), who all performed exceptionally well making it very difficult for adjudicators to select a winner.
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* Sydney Eisteddfod is a not-for-profit organisation that runs one of the most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world. We have an average of 350 events yearly with competitors coming mostly from NSW/ACT but also from other states and New Zealand.