19 September 2017
On Tuesday 12 September Kirrawee’s Teagan Denham won the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year, held at Petersham RSL Club and was awarded $5,000.
Performing Blue Skies by Irving Berlin, Gravity by Sara Bareilles and Aerosmith's Dream On she impressed the judges, prompting them to name her this year’s Singer of the Year.
A veteran of Sydney Eisteddfod stages, Teagan was selected as a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and then for the Senior event in 2014 and 2015.
She explains that performance opportunities such as Sydney Eisteddfod help to build confidence as a performer.
“Sydney Eisteddfod has taught me to not doubt my choices as a performer, just to be confident and own the stage. Having such influential, talented judges with loads of experience in the performing arts is such a blessing to get their constructive criticism, and continue improving and growing as an artist and as a person.” said Teagan.
Teagan is currently studying for a Diploma of Dance - Performing Arts course at Brent Street Studios and plans to relocate to LA next year to continue her study and pursue career-building opportunities.
“This is a goal I've been working hard to achieve and can't wait to take opportunities as they come and grow into a diverse performer, whose love for the arts will never die.” she 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 $6,500 total prize value would not have been possible without the generous support provided by sponsors Petersham RSL Club, WinkiPoP Media and backingtracks.com.au.
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 Alexander Young (Clontarf), Jack Watson (Gold Coast, QLD), Georgia Burley (Cherrybrook), Michelle Mutyora (Wiley Park) and Chelsea Warner (Castle Hill), 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.