We have attempted this year to revitalize the event by rebranding Eisteddfod as Showcase: fostering Jewish Musical Talent. It was felt by the community that the word Eisteddfod was anachronistic and irrelevant. The new tagline better describes what we actually do, in simple, accessible language.
It challenges and provides opportunities for competitors to perform in a supportive and nurturing environment. It offers valuable opportunities to perform in public and be adjudicated by a panel of expert musicians and “best practice” teachers.
Our adjudicators in 2019 have been John Quaine (Classical Strings), Thomas Lorenzo (Guitar), Doug Heywood OAM (Classical Vocal), Galit Klas (Contemporary Vocal and Yiddish/Hebrew Vocal), Amy Howden (Contemporary Piano), Justin Jacobs (Classical Piano) and Anne Gilby (Woodwind). We are so fortunate to have had the services of such experienced and skilled professionals.
I would like to thank our official accompanist: Karen Neumann for her dedication and support.
This year we once again have a record number of vocal and instrumental ensembles and some outstanding solo performers as you will soon attest. I look forward to the final ensemble performance, which will feature representatives from four of the main Jewish day schools.
The Showcase Finals Concert will be held on Sunday 15th September @ 2:00pm. See flyer below for all booking information.