The Redlands Eisteddfod ~ Music Discipline

The Redlands Music Eisteddfod is widely regarded as a friendly competition in which participants are provided with valuable performance opportunities. Competitors each receive a written evaluation by experienced adjudicators with expertise in their respective fields.

Competitors, provided they are amateur in status, may choose to enter solo, duet, trio or quartet sections for piano, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and voice. School groups may enter sections for small instrumental ensembles, guitar ensembles, string ensembles or orchestras, choirs, concert bands or stage bands. There are also several choral and instrumental sections in which community groups may participate.


While quality trophies (and frequently cash prizes) are awarded, the ultimate aim of the competition is to provide encouragement and experience and to assist competitors in their quest to reach their performance potential.






This year you will be able to pay for your entries by electronic funds transfer (E.F.T.) or direct deposit. Cheques and money orders (payable to The Redlands Eisteddfod Inc) are still acceptable.


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BANK -                      BANK OF QLD

B.S.B. -                      124-077

A/C NO -                   10515944

REFERENCE -           MUSIC – (Competitors name)

(Please note – Music and competitors name must be the reference)



Brass / Woodwind                                  Dr Graeme Denniss

Vocal solos / Music Theatre                   Sarah Sullivan

Stephen Chin                                           String Solos, Duos, Quartets

Mitchell Leigh                                          Piano solos

Mitchell Leigh and Camille Barry           Concerto, Sonata

Dr Thomas Keenan                                  Choral

Graeme Denniss – Instrumental solo

 Dr Graeme Denniss has a wide experience as performer, composer and music educator.  After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium with the Conservatorium medal, he had a two decade career as a French Horn player, including 13 years as Principal Third Horn in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  As well as performing the orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has toured with Elton John, Frank Sinatra and John Farnham, played 1st horn in the Nelson Riddell Orchestra backing Linda Ronstadt, and played on the original soundtrack to the Man from Snowy River.  Graeme has played in many brass and woodwind groups such as the Brisbane Wind Players, the University of Queensland Sinfonietta and Wind Sextet, the Melbourne Brass Ensemble, and most recently brass quartet Buzz.

 He has taught at many tertiary and secondary institutions and has given many presentations at conferences and symposiums about brass, piano and composition.  As a composer he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the National Academy of Music Colorado USA for his successful work for French Horn and Piano in the International Music Prizes Competition, and many of his works for French Horn are set works on AMEB Syllabi. In addition his piano works are found on ANZCA syllabi, and his book for Bass clarinet is on the AMEB Syllabus. Graeme is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.

 He has been an examiner at the University of Melbourne, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, St Pauls School and Sheldon College.  He was also the Adjudicator for the MTAQ Composers Competition and a jury member for the International Music Prizes Competition in 2011.  Graeme has been recently appointed Artistic Director/Conductor of the Redland Sinfonia.



Master of Music (Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University)

Bachelor of Music (Sydney University)

Diploma in Musical Composition (Sydney University)



As a founding member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Stephen's interest and enthusiasm for music lead him to undertake further studies at Sydney University where formal training in both violin and composition were completed under former leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, John Harding and renowned Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe respectively.  Since that time, he has been invited to perform with such groups as The ABC Sinfonia, The Badinerie Players, The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Pops Orchestra and Corda Spiritus. 


Stephen holds a Master of Music from Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University specialising in violin performance and pedagogy. He is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).  In addition to this, Stephen performs regularly with a number of professional chamber ensembles.  Stephen publishes a number of string compositions and arrangements which have been used as test pieces for a number of competitions throughout Australia and are also presented as examination pieces for the AMEB. Stephen has been invited many times to adjudicate various eisteddfods and competitions such as Queensland Festival of Music, The Western Australian Schools Orchestra Festival, The Hobart Eisteddfod  and the Gold Coast Eisteddfod.  He is also in demand as a string and orchestral clinician, regularly conducting a number of workshops and festivals both nationally and internationally including the Melbourne Summer School, the Sunwater and Stanwell Winter Music School and the All State Senior Orchestra in New Mexico, USA. 



From 2008 - 2013, Stephen was the conductor of the BEL faculty Chamber Orchestra at the University of Queensland. Stephen is presently  the National President of The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA), Principal String Teacher and Director of Orchestras at Brisbane Grammar School and lectures in String Pedagogy and Practicum at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University.


 Mitchell Leigh commenced his musical studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where his teacher was Max Olding.  He subsequently studied at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver with Robert Silverman.

Since returning to Brisbane in 1990 he has established a significant career, primarily as an accompanist but also on occasion as a soloist.  He has accompanied many world-class instrumentalists, including both touring soloists and principal players in major orchestras.  He has accompanied at numerous International conferences, including the International Double Reed Conference (Melbourne, 2005), the International Horn Society Conference (Brisbane, 2010), and the international Clarinet Society Conference (Melbourne, 2011).

Mitchell has performed many times as a member of the Qld Symphony Orchestra and has acted as repetiteur for several Opera Queensland main stage productions including Phillip Glass’s The Perfect American for the 2014 Brisbane Festival. He has also performed in numerous chamber groups throughout Queensland and other parts of Australia.  He has been on the staff of the Qld Conservatorium since 1991 and continues to work in a casual capacity at the University of Qld Music Department.


In addition, Mitchell has composed numerous works for various instrumental combinations.  These works include, among others, a saxophone quartet (1997 rev. 2012), a piano trio (1997 rev. 2012) and a tuba concerto (2011).

Bio – Dr Thomas Keenan

 Thomas is a well known Ipswich-based vocalist, choral conductor, eisteddfod adjudicator, and arts administrator. He has been a member of the highly successful Ipswich Orpheus Chorale since 1990; and is currently its Musical Director. Under his direction, the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale has won numerous titles, including the ‘Champion Choir’ of Queensland at the Queensland Eisteddfod in 2012 and 2017. Thomas was also Musical Director of the Alchemy Street Choir, Ipswich’s equivalent to the ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’, from 2011-2014. Thomas has performed a number of stage roles, most notably “The Major General” in The Pirates of Penzance; “Javert” in Les Miserables; “Herod” in Jesus Christ Superstar; “Pooh-Bah” in The Mikado; “Tevye” in Fiddler on the Roof; “King Arthur” in Spamalot!; “Nicely-Nicely Johnson” in Guys and Dolls; and “Emile” in South Pacific. He has also appeared in several professional concert productions, including the highly successful Scotland the Brave concert series with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, which was recorded at the Sydney Opera House and broadcast on ABC Television. Thomas is also an accomplished competition singer, having won, among numerous other awards, the Champion of Champions trophy at the Queensland Eisteddfod nine times; the Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Scholarship and the Sydney deVries Aria Award at the City of Sydney Eisteddfod; the Courier Ballad Contest at the Grand National Eisteddfod of Australia in Ballarat; and the Alton Budd Memorial Vocal Scholarship at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts.

 Click on the following PDF Attachments for:

  1. 2017 Music Schedule
  3. 2017 Music programme Pt 2
  4. 2016 Solo Music results
  5. 2017 4MBS Young Virtuoso
  6. Sarah Sullivan Bio
Download this file (2016 SOLO MUSIC RESULTS.pdf)2016 solo music results[2016 SOLO MUSIC RESULTS]208 kB
Download this file (2017 Music Schedule.pdf)2017 Music Schedule[2017 MUSIC SCHEDULE]507 kB
Download this file (2017 Redlands Eisteddfod Music Part 2 Program - updated Sat 24 July FINAL.pdf)MUSIC PT 2 2017[MUSIC PROGRAMME PART 2]1176 kB
Download this file (Copyright Declaration Form - NEW 2016.pdf)Copyright Declaration[MUSIC COPYRIGHT DECLARATION (MUST HAVE)]137 kB