Vocal – Classical & Non-Classical
Saturday 5th August 2023
VENUE: Balaklava Uniting Church – See Eisteddfod Venues page
CONVENOR: Danielle Mudge
ADJUDICATOR: Jessica Dean
Australian Soprano Jessica Dean is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied with Lillian Watson. At the RAM, she was awarded the Kohn Foundation scholarship as a soloist for the inaugural Royal Academy’s Bach Cantata concert series.
Jessica spent ten years in Sydney as a soprano with Opera Australia, performing Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), Papagena (The Magic Flute) and toured the country as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) on Opera Australia’s regional tour, and with the Opera Australia Chorus.
Jessica has performed as a concert soloist throughout the UK, including Purcell’s King Arthur with Laurence Cummings, Mozart Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields.. Jessica works regularly in concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Baroque and the Adelaide Cantata Band, and she sang the Mother in Tippett’s A Child of our Time for the 2021 Adelaide Festival.
For State Opera South Australia, she has performed Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Belle in Richard Meale’s Voss, and a national tour of Angela in Graham Koehne’s Love Burns; Marzelline in Fidelio for which she received a Helpmann nomination; Beth in Mark Adamo’s Little Women; Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Dew-Fairy in Hansel and Gretel.
Entrants MUST read the Syllabus Notes for Saturday for detailed information and the Rules & Conditions of Entry
Sections will include solo (no ensemble (2-4 voices) in 2023)
SEE SYLLABUS FOR FULL DETAILS
Vocal Sections Start times
10.00am – Intermediate Vocal Solo – Non Classical
10.40am – Senior Vocal Solo – Classical (Senior & Intermediate combined)
11.10am – Senior Vocal Solo – Non Classical
12.05pm – LUNCH
1.00pm – Open Vocal Solo – Classical
1.35pm – Open Vocal Solo – Non-classical
1.35pm – Open Vocal Solo – Non-classical
3.15pm ANNOUNCE RALPH. K. HATCHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
ANNOUNCE VOCAL SOLO CHAMPION and ROGER MANUEL MEMORIAL AWARD
3.30pm – Adelaide Plains Male Voice Choir Vocal Scholarship
4.25pm – ANNOUNCE APMVC VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
(For full Saturday details click HERE)
ROGER MANUEL MEMORIAL AWARD
(Musical Theatre Solo Champion and Vocal Solo Champion)
ROGER JOHN MANUEL
2.12.1946 – 24.10.1995
Roger Manuel’s family donated the Roger Manuel Memorial Award in his memory after he died in 1995 at the age of 48. Roger learned to play the button accordion as a young boy and went on to play drums in a rock band. He was a talented musician and could play a tune on just about any instrument. Roger’s family decided an award for an Eisteddfod entrant in his memory was a fitting memorial.
RALPH K. HATCHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
(Male Vocal Classical Singer with most potential)
RALPH K. HATCHER
14.11.1931 – 2.10.2018
“The Singing Farmer of Kangaroo Flat”
Ralph believed he was born to sing, and as a Bass Baritone, joined the Gawler Choral Society when he was 18 years old. At 20 he sang the bass solos with the Choir in Handels’ “Messiah” for the first time. He studied at the Elder Conservatorium for 5 years, under Max Worthley & Arnold Matters, and sang leading roles in each opera that he appeared in.
Performing at the Adelaide Eisteddfod, in 1958, he won the Lucy Bagot Prize for Operatic singing. Ralph also performed on ABC radio in the 1950s, both live and pre-recorded.
While he sang Oratorio’s hundreds of times, he especially enjoyed performing in Operas where he had to dress-up and also act. He was also called upon to sing at various town events – mostly The Song of Australia & Advance Australia Fair (once at the start of the Tour Down Under).
Ralph was a founding member of the South Australian Country Choral Association & later awarded Life Membership.
In between all of this he was a full-time farmer, husband to Mary & father of 5 children. When he retired from ‘big’ performances, he joined a small group who travelled the state entertaining at retirement homes.
This scholarship is to be awarded to a male singer in the Classical category (best potential) to the sum of $1000.00.