Thursday, May 6th, 2010
WHETHER you sing to your heart’s content, play an instrument or tread the boards, there’s a chance to win $7400 worth of prize money in the North of Perth Music Festival.

Now in its 54th year, the festival is open to all West Australians with a range of awards on offer for piano, strings, operetta or musical theatre, vocalists, instrumentalists and speech and drama, in junior and senior categories.

Gold medallions, trophies and certificates will be given to all first prize winners, in addition to prize money.

Auditions will be held from September 1 to 24 – but you need to put in an entry form before June 28 to be involved.

Entry fees are $7 for soloists, $12 for the duet section and $16 for trios, quartets, ensembles, choirs and groups.

Contestants need to arrange their own accompanists; no recorded sound or amplification is allowed.

“The North of Perth Music Festival is truly a celebration of our community’s diversity through the arts,” Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said.

“We’re looking for musicians, singers and actors to really bring the festival to life, making sure it’s as vibrant as ever.

“In 2008, we even had a choir come all the way from Kalgoorlie to compete, which highlights how popular the festival has become over the past five decades.”

North of Perth Music Festival Secretary Frank Giannini described the event as a valuable opportunity for people to gain public performance experience.

”It’s a chance to build confidence and receive helpful and personal reports from qualified adjudicators,” he said.

“The festival is a true celebration of the arts, helping to bring the community together to enjoy a range of entertainment.

The City of Bayswater is also offering music scholarships to the value of $3600 for people who live in the area.

“It’s important to foster and encourage talent where possible, helping people to make the most of their passion,” Mayor Kenyon said.

For North of Perth Music Festival entry forms and more information, contact Frank Giannini on 0409 292 876. Call (08) 9272 0975 for more details on City of Bayswater music scholarships.

Information about the festival and scholarships can also be downloaded from

North of Perth Music Festival winners’ concerts will be held on October 22 and 23.

nop1.jpeg: Pia Harris, winner of the Lieder and sacred song open vocal sections, at last year’s North of Perth Music Festival.

nop2-4.jpeg: Stephanie Santarini, Perry Joyce, Ariel Thornton, Joanna Norman, Andrew O'Connor and Tom Friberg, winners of last year’s open vocal ensemble section.

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The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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