Meriden’s musicians top Sydney Eisteddfod

7 June 2022

Meriden’s musicians are celebrating a phenomenal winning streak at the Sydney Eisteddfod after claiming seven top-two placings at the prestigious competition. Meriden’s Symphony Orchestra, Intermediate Chamber Strings, Junior Chamber Strings and Senior Singers placed first in their respective events, whilst the Senior Chamber Strings, Sinfonia and Wind Symphony nabbed second place.

After months of rigorous rehearsals, our musicians have captivated their audience and received glowing feedback from the judges.

Meriden’s Symphony Orchestra performed exceptionally and was awarded first place in the Premium Youth Orchestra (19 and Under) division. The judges commented that the girls’ passion for music was evident during their performance and congratulated them on their ability to play repertoire usually reserved for professional orchestras.

The Intermediate Chamber Strings performed with excellent dynamics and cohesion to take home first place in the Secondary School Intermediate String Ensemble division, while the Senior Singers gave a showstopping performance to win the Youth Choir for Female Voices (19 and Under) event.

After placing third last year, the Junior Chamber Strings were determined to give it their all on stage and were named the top Primary School Premium String Ensemble.

Meriden’s Director of Music (P-12), Ms Jodie Spooner-Ryan, said she was extremely proud of the girls’ success.

“Our musicians have shone throughout the week and have once again raised the bar at the Sydney Eisteddfod. The girls have worked so hard during rehearsals to ensure they delivered high-level, technical performances,” said Ms Spooner-Ryan.

“These results speak to the girls’ unwavering dedication to their craft and the quality of Meriden’s music program. Every musician who has participated should be very proud of her achievements,” she said.

Congratulations to the following Meriden ensembles on their outstanding results:

Senior Singers – First Place, Youth Choir for Female Voices (19 and Under)

Symphony Orchestra – First Place, Premium Youth Orchestra (19 and Under)

Intermediate Chamber Strings – First Place, Secondary School Intermediate String Ensemble

Junior Chamber Strings - First Place, Primary School Premium String Ensemble

Senior Chamber Strings - Second Place, Secondary School Premium String Ensemble

Sinfonia – Second Place, The Wenkart Foundation Intermediate Youth Orchestra (19 and Under)

Wind Symphony – Second Place, Secondary School Premium Concert Band