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Welcome to the St George Instrumental Eisteddfod

St George Instrumental Eisteddfod 2023 

13 July 2023

Music sale 

This year, we will be hosting a music sale at the bottom of the hall with valuable sheets of music and resource books ranging between $1 to $10. All sales proceeds will go to the St George Instrumental Eisteddfod. 

5 July 2023

String accompanist 

There is no accompanist provided at the St George Instrumental Eisteddfod, we have compiled a list of accompanists who a lot of students frequently use. Each accompanist may vary in price and availability. There details are available here: 
The below is a list of accompanists that you may wish to contact: 
Hye-Lim Lee 0466 605 187
Julia Brimo 0410 244 364
Ying Ho 0410 618 197
Cathy Davis 0400 993 428
Zsuza Giczy 0422 843 614


26 June 2023 

Piano program 

We are excited to announce our 2023 piano program, please view the program here

17 June 2023 

String program 

We are excited to announce our 2023 string program, please view the program here

A reminder for all accompanists to email us for free entry if not you will be charged the normal door entry. 

23 May 2023 


We are excited to share tentative dates for the piano and string sections. The program will be available on our website in June 2023. 


Please note that the below dates are subject to changes if required by the convenor. 

Piano competition dates:

23 July 2023 - P202, P208 

28 July 2023 - P203, P204 

29 July 2023 - P200, P201, P205, P206, P207, P217 

30 July 2023 - P209, P210, P211, P212 

4 August 2023 - P230 

5 August 2023 - P213, P214, P215, P216, P220, P221, P222

6 August 2023 - P218, P219, P223, P224

11 August 2023 - P225, P226 

12 August 2023 - P233, P227, P232, P228, P229 

13 August 2023 - P235, P231, P234, P235


String competition dates:

​14 July 2023 - ST315, T316, ST317, ST330 

15 July 2023 - ST318, ST319, ST321, ST322, ST323, ST324, ST326, ST327

16 July 2023 - ST334, ST328, ST331, ST329, ST332, ST333 

21 July 2023 - ST301, ST302, ST312 

22 July 2023 - ST305, S306, ST311, ST320, ST303, ST304, ST307, ST308, ST309, ST310

23 July 2023 - ST313, ST314, ST325


Welcome to the 2023 St George Instrumental Eisteddfod.


We are pleased to announce the 2023 syllabus for piano and strings. Online entries will open on 1 March 2023 and close on 1 May 2023. 

Our Patron - Grant Foster

A very warm welcome to the young performers of the St George Instrumental Eisteddfod. It is my pleasure to be the patron of this competition, knowing what is required to walk onto the stage and to perform. It is important to remember that you are ready; your practice and your teachers' guidance has assured you of this.

Enjoy the occasion, relax and allow the music to sing. Music is special, it can take us to new horizons, it can soothe the soul, inspire the spirit.

"When words fail, music speaks."

I wish you all the very best.

Grant Foster.

Biography of Grant Foster 


Born in Sydney in 1945, Grant Foster studied piano with Alexander Sverjensky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he obtained his Diploma of Music in 1966. During that same year Foster won the State ABC Concerto Composition with his performance of Khachaturian's Concerto. He then studied in Paris for seven years with Professor Marcel Ciampi and Denise Reviere and developed a strong technique and an inspired insight into the keyboard repertoire.

Foster started composing at an early age and composed his first opera, Dark Love, at 16. His music was heard by producers in London, resulting in his composing of incidental music for Peter Pan directed by Sir Robert Helpmann. The show was a big success and ran for seven consecutive Christmas seasons. Later on hearing of the death of Helpmann, he composed an Elegy.

A return to Sydney saw Foster recording his first major classical piano work, Rhapsody for piano and orchestra - War, Peace, Love, for E.M.I. records. Classical music reviewer in Melbourne, Bob Crimeen wrote of the Rhapsody: "He has written a composition that could in time, be regarded as one of the most significant contributions by an Australian to classical music".

Several directors from Harrods in London heard the Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra and commissioned Foster to launch their new Harrods Selection label. This consisted of a series of three piano solo CDs featuring works of the great composers and including several of Foster's own compositions. For a 4th CD he was commissioned to compose an overture, The Harrods Celebration Overture, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Foster compositions include works for piano; songs; chamber music; a flute concerto; and piano concerto. He now lives in Bowral and has recently composed a Concerto in G minor for Piano and Orchestra: A Cry for Peace; a Song Cycle: Songs of Love and Loss; Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra and his Owl of Dubai Suite, consisting of three works inspired by his novel The Owl of Dubai.

This year Foster's Elegy: In Hommage to Sir Robert Helpmann was recorded in Moscow for the Belair Music label based in Monaco. Further recordings are to follow in 2007. Grant Foster is also the Artistic Director of the new Southern Highlands International Piano Competition.

In recent years Foster's The Pearl of Dubai Suite and Ballad of Reading Gaol were recorded in Russia for Quartz Music. His latest CD of piano works were recorded by Melba Recordings.

Foster completed his 4th Piano Concerto and his 3rd Symphony in 2019.

About us


Devoted volunteers make up the St George Instrumental Eisteddfod Committee. The Committee aims to foster and develop new and existing talent and ensure future generations have the opportunity to compete against the best talent, at the highest level, and in a friendly and supportive way.


Our Convener, Mrs Kathryn Phillips, has 50 years plus experience in teaching piano and violin in the St George area. She is one of the most experienced and respected AMEB piano and string examiners in NSW. 


Our commitment is to provide the best and most experienced adjudicators for our competitors. We believe that participants should have exposure to the very best in music tuition and education. If you want to contact us to find out more about the Eisteddfod, please email






























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