Stunning success for Meriden musicians at Sydney Eisteddfod

26 June 2018

For the second consecutive year, Meriden’s Senior Singers have taken out the top honours in the Sydney Eisteddfod’s Female Youth Choir (19/u) event, qualifying the ensemble for the prestigious John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship where they received the Highly Commended award.

Audiences at this year’s Eisteddfod witnessed fine performances by Meriden’s many ensembles and the performances were recognised with a number of awards. The Senior Singers also collected the top award in the Youth Sacred/Gospel Choir section and Meriden's Symphony Orchestra placed third in the Premium Youth Orchestra event. Highly Commended awards went to Senior Chamber Strings, Junior School Chamber Strings, Sinfonia, Senior Concert Band, Madrigals and Year 5/6 Choir for their respective events.

Meriden’s Director of Music (P-12), Mrs Jodie Spooner Ryan, said, “Our music ensembles have had a very successful two weeks at the Sydney Eisteddfod with all the ensembles performing at an exceptionally high level in the various events. Our musicians and their music teachers work hard and have a consistent and dedicated approach to rehearsals. It is very rewarding to see that the standard of all our ensembles, from strings and choirs, to orchestras and bands, is raised every year."

At Meriden, Music is taught by specialist teachers as a classroom subject to all students from Pre-Kindergarten (4 years) to Year 8, and as an elective subject from Years 9 - 12. HSC students choose to study the Music 1, Music 2 or Music Extension courses. Meriden's Music students regularly achieve outstanding results in the HSC. Many of them have achieved a result in the top band of the HSC and several have received a mention in the Honours List for Music. Meriden girls are frequently nominated for their performances or compositions to appear in the HSC Encore Concert which is held in the Sydney Opera House each year.