Over the past four weeks, Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) has showcased the amazing talents of its performing arts students at SCS’ inaugural Eisteddfod. Today on World Music Day (21 June) we announce the winners.
The Eisteddfod was held over four Fridays at SCS’ first dedicated performing arts college, Southern Cross Catholic College Burwood, where students competed in more than 400 solo and ensemble instrumental, drama, dance and choir performances.
The performances were judged by an array of internationally renowned luminaries including award-winning vocal artist, dancer and actress, Rachel Beck. Beck has a long spanning career performing in stage and television productions, including Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Home and Away and Hey Dad.
Sydney Catholic Schools’ specialist in the creative arts, Eva Spata, said the events were an opportunity to recognise and celebrate students’ performance skills in a supportive environment.
“Our Arts Team has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from schools over the past few weeks,” Ms Spata exclaimed.
“We have seen such amazing talent up on stage day after day, and we are excited that the arts are well and truly alive and thriving in our schools!” – Eva Spata
“What an honour it has been to be entertained by our amazing students,” said Ms Spata. “We can’t wait for next year’s event – it will be even bigger and better!”
A STAR TO WATCH
Isaiah Cheng, a Year 4 student from St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School Hurstville, is among our young stars on the rise.
Isaiah walked away with first and third place, respectively, in the Junior Classical Instrumental Solo Experienced and Junior Piano Solo Experienced sections.
“When I heard I won the first prize, I was very excited and proud of myself, especially because there were many other talented competitors in the competition” – Isaiah Cheng
“I just love to be on stage and share my music,” Isaiah said.
A passionate and talented musician, Isaiah has been playing the piano and cello since he was five years old and practices every day.
He is currently working towards completing an Associate in Music Australia (AMusA), a diploma awarded by examination to outstanding candidates in the fields of musical performance and music theory.
THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
“After learning piano for a year, I wanted to learn another instrument where I can carry it with me anywhere and play with other musicians,” Isaiah said.
“I was attracted to the deep, mellow and beautiful sound of the cello.
“I really enjoy playing piano and cello, as they are challenging and a lot of fun.
“I have a lot of satisfaction when I can play a piece beautifully” – Isaiah Cheng
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE
Click below for the full list of 2021 SCS Eisteddfod place-getters.
The highest scoring school across all four events will be crowned the inaugural champions shortly. Watch this space to find out who wins the perpetual trophy!