It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beloved friend and colleague, John Lamble

Vale John Lamble

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beloved friend and colleague, John Lamble. John was a vital part of our organization, and his contributions were immeasurable.

John was a philanthropist and an advocate for the creative arts. His passion for the arts was inspirational and as a much admired and respected former Chairman of Sydney Eisteddfod, his unwavering support was instrumental in keeping Sydney Eisteddfod on track right up to his last days. John’s generosity and kindness touched the lives of countless individuals, and his legacy will continue to inspire and guide us in the work that we do.

John Lamble was also one of our most generous and enthusiastic supporters, funding The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Choral Championship for Youth Choirs and the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship along with numerous other events.

John’s commitment to providing opportunity for the next generation of performers was unwavering, and his leadership and guidance were invaluable. His tireless efforts in fundraising and advocacy helped us to reach new heights at an international level and make a significant impact in the community nationally. John’s passion and dedication were contagious, often inspiring others to join him in his philanthropic projects. His generosity and kindness touched the lives of countless young performers and the staff and volunteers at Sydney Eisteddfod who had the honour of working with him.

John was interviewed in 2019 and we would like to share some of his words that epitomise his vision for Sydney Eisteddfod:

"I particularly sponsor the choirs who work as a group to produce beautiful music, but whether it is a prepared speech, a ballet dancer or a pianist, all of those things are part of the performing arts and I love to see them participate and really enjoy watching them.” "There are 35,000 people who perform at Sydney Eisteddfod each year and some of those will be future stars. It's great to encourage those few, but I'd also like to think about the 34,900 participants who have worked hard to improve themselves. It's the great number of people that I want to encourage, as well as the stars.”

We are forever grateful for John’s contributions to our organization and we will cherish his memory. John’s spirit and passion will continue to live on through the achievements of the thousands of young people who have benefited from his generosity over the years, and the work of the Sydney Eisteddfod. We will honour his legacy by carrying on his commitment to nurturing a lifelong engagement in the performing arts and providing life-changing and career opportunities to the next generation of performing artists in Australia.

Our thoughts are with John’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. We thank them for sharing John with us and for allowing us to be a part of his life.

Rest in peace, John. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will continue to inspire us for years to come.

  • Max Holzner Chairman on behalf of the board, Annette Brown and the team at Sydney Eisteddfod
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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which our work and events take place. We celebrate and applaud the long, rich history of storytelling in song, dance, and voice. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We contribute to this continuity – developing and sharing our combined cultural journey through our activities on these lands where sovereignty was never ceded.