Wollongong Eisteddfod 2014: Duo take honours

Soraya McCann and Xia Lian Wilson won the 10 years and under duet section. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Soraya McCann and Xia Lian Wilson won the 10 years and under duet section. Picture: ROBERT PEET

When you have a companion on stage, the nerves melt away and things get a little more enjoyable.

This was the case for the winners of the 10 years and under piano duet section at the Wollongong Eisteddfod.

Xia Lian Wilson and Soraya McCann, from The Illawarra Grammar School, have been playing since they were four and five years old respectively.

The girls performed Spanish Dance Op.12 No 2 by Moszkowski at the eisteddfod on Monday.

"They are so thrilled [with the win], they've been working so hard," said Lisa Wilson, mother of Xia Lian.

The performance fused the talents of two different and individual players, according to Mrs Wilson. "They complement each other," she said.

The judges were also impressed, said Soraya's grandmother Annette McCann.

"They said they blended very well and captured the spirit of Spanish Dance."

It is no wonder the girls made a good pairing, they have teamed up at the eisteddfod for the past two years and will both go on to perform in the speech and drama sections.

"They look forward to doing it every time," Mrs McCann said.

Results - Monday, June 9

Junior piano

8 years and under piano solo: Joshua Zhi Hurstville, 1; William Soukhavong Gwynneville, 2; Hannah Kang Burwood, 3; Jun-Yu Chin Wollongong, highly commended; Olivia Fielding Corrimal East, highly commended.

7 years and under piano solo restricted: Joshua Zhi Hurstville, 1; Edwyn Li Keiraville, 2;  Annabel Wouters Figtree, 3; Beau Randle Shellharbour, highly commended.

6 years and under piano solo: Chloe Paleologos Kensington, 1;  Henry Kidd Gerringong, 2;  Jahzara McCann Keiraville, 3; Zoe McClatchie Mount Ousley, highly commended.

8 years and under/10 years and under piano duet: Soraya McCann & Xia Lian Wilson Wollongong, 1; Elisha Otto & Jun-Yu Chin Wollongong, 2;  Isaac Bradbury & Ruby Moore Woonona, 3; John Negro and William Soukhavong Dapto, highly commended.

7 years and under piano solo: Joshua Zhi Hurstville, 1; Iris Gower Chatswood, 2.

9 years and under piano solo restricted: Joshua Zhi Hurstville, 1; Sakura Murakami Rossmore, 2; Kyuri Kim Fairy Meadow, 3; John Negro Dapto, highly commended.

9 years and under piano solo: Joshua Zhi Hurstville, 1; Kyuri Kim Fairy Meadow, 2; William Soukhavong Gwynneville, highly commended.

12 years and under piano sonata solo: Sarah Bradley North Wollongong, 1; Lachlan Le South Hurstville, 2; Cedar-Rose Newman Wombarra, highly commended.

11 years and under piano solo restricted: Katelyn Pearce Figtree, 1; Kayla Milham Bulli, 2;  Lily Hunt Bulli, 3.

10 years and under baroque piano solo: Cedar-Rose Newman Wombarra, 1.

11 years and under piano solo: Connor Bauer Mount Ousley, 1; William Mai Koonawarra, 2;  Cedar-Rose Newman Wombarra, 3; Lina Lee Berkeley, highly commended.

10 years and under piano solo: Lina Lee Berkeley, 1; Cedar-Rose Newman Wombarra, 2; Soraya McCann Keiraville, 3; Payton Brown Russell Vale, highly commended.

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