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Vocal Video Entries 2020

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Competitors who registered their interest in Vocal video submissions have been sent the procedures and the link to submit their videos.

If you have not received your email, you hadn’t submitted your interest and wish to, or you have changed your mind and now want to, send us an email to and we will send you the information.

Submissions close on the 22nd August 2020.

We are excited to view your videos and thank you for your support during this challenging year that has left us unable to hold our live competition.

Staff safe, from the South Street Team.

COVID-19 Update 8th July 2020

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We hope you are staying safe and well.

For everyone facing the prospect of another 6 weeks of lockdown, we are with you, hang in there you can do this!

The Royal South Street Society (RSSS) are making every effort to ensure our 2020 Eisteddfod can proceed where possible.  We are closely following government announcements regarding restrictions and will continue to follow the advice given.  At no stage will we proceed with any competition that puts our competitors, volunteers, staff, family and friends lives at risk.  Your safety is our main concern.

The landscape will continue to change as we learn more and more about the virus.  We will continue to send updates as we know more.

Please stay safe and take care, from the RSSS team.

Covid-19 Update

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With the rapidly changing situation in regard to Covid-19, I thought it was appropriate at this time to provide you with an update on our planning for Royal South Street’s 2020 Eisteddfod.

Royal South Street Society will always put the health and well-being of our competitors, volunteers, audience and staff first and foremost. With this in mind we will continue to monitor developments and take advice from government and experts as to the actions we should take.

Entries are now open for most of our disciplines and planning continues as normal for our competitions to open on 19 July.

As per our General Rule 2.4 Entry Fees

“Fees are non-refundable once entries close, unless for an extenuating circumstance or if the section is cancelled by RSSS.”

Therefore should Royal South Street cancel a section or sections we would contact all affected competitors in regard to processing refunds. It has also been Royal South Street’s policy to treat illness as an extenuating circumstance and refunded entrant fees in those cases.

Royal South Street Society will allow its staff to work from home where that is practical. This means that our office may at times be unattended. If you need to contact us please do so via email, and we will answer your question promptly. Our email is

Please all take care.

Best Regards

Tony Rowlands
Business Manager

17th March 2020

2020 Entries are now open

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Entries are now open in Stardom for all Disciplines.

The 2020 Schedules are also available in Stardom and will be uploaded to the website during the week.

Prior to entry ensure you have read the General Terms & Conditions and the specific rules.

Check your entries carefully and ensure your contact details are up to date in Stardom.  You will receive an email from Stardom when your discipline timetable has been completed giving you your performance dates and times when timetabling has been completed for each discipline.  The email address you use will also be the one that receives notices, forms and updates so make sure it is the most appropriate one.

Caroline Almonte Recognised for Pianistic Excellence

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Melbourne pianist Caroline Almonte has won the Excellence in Classical Music Award in this year’s Australian Women in Music Awards, which were announced at Brisbane’s Powerhouse on 9 October. This award, one of 15 that celebrate the achievements of women in the Australian music industry, recognises female classical musicians in their mid-to-late careers who have demonstrated musical excellence throughout their careers.

A most deserving winner, Almonte has one of the most impressive records of any of Australia’s concert pianists. In 1992 she won the Keyboard section of the ABC Young Performer’s Awards in which year 1992, and she took out first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste with violinist Miki Tsunoda in 1999. She appears frequently on stage both as a soloist and in a chamber music capacity, In the latter capacity having collaborated with such figures as soprano Yvonne Kenny, violinists Sarah Chang and Daniel Hope, and cellists Ralph Kirschbaum and Pieter Wispelway.

On staff at the University of Melbourne, Almonte is a highly sought-after teacher and has made a very substantial contribution to music education. This has seen her work with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestras, AMEB and give many teacher workshops. Through her numerous recordings in the AMEB Piano Series, she has been an inspiration to thousands of young pianists around Australia.

Congratulations Caroline, a much loved accompanist for the Herald Sun Aria at Royal South Street.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING 2019 Royal South Street Hour

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1 FOLLOW this page (bonus points if you message the page with “I am voting for (name)” = 10 bonus points per page. EG like/follow and message all 4 pages below = 40 points).
2 Like/love performer’s post = 1 point
3 Leave a comment = 3 points
4 SHARE the post with as many as you can = 5 points per share
You will find posts on all of these pages:
1 Join Spreaker for free
2 Follow SwitchOn Youth Radio’s station via
3 PLAY podcast 1 play = 1 vote
4 LIKE the podcast (click on heart) = 1 vote
5 MOST IMPORTANTLY COMMENT on podcast = 20 bonus points if you FOLLOW SwitchOn Radio’s STATION or just 1 vote for non-followers
Three RSS Hour performers from the 2019 Spring Season on Music Matters National radio show will be chosen by popular vote to perform a festive song from any culture of their choosing, on the RSS Hour End of Year Special live-to-air. All three winning People’s Choice RSS Hour performers will also be invited to open the 2020 Season of the Royal South Street Hour on Music Matters Radio to be held 4-5pm Sunday 2nd Feb 2019 live-to-air 94.1fm 3WBC – rebroadcast nationally. This radio show is broadcast on numerous stations across Australia, plus 4 times per month on Funky Kids Radio, which in turn is streamed on over 12 platforms such as TuneIn, My Tuner etc around the world, reaching a very wide global audience. Each RSS Hour People’s Choice Winner will receive a prize pack valued at $185 including video/audio & podcast AV pack of their interview/performance, photos and RSS Hour Spring Season award certificate. The overall winner will be invited to be the opening act at the VICTORIA HAS TALENT CHARITY CONCERT at Box Hill Town Hall on Saturday evening 14th December. Tickets available here – we’d love to see you there!

2019 Grand National Eisteddfod

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The 128th Royal South Street Society Eisteddfod for 2019 closed on the 2nd November.  During its open season it ran for 97 days in 8 different venues around Ballarat, covering 15 separate disciplines and over 5,500 performances.  Thank you to every competitor, every audience member, all our wonderful sponsors and donors, and every single fabulous volunteer, without all of you we would not have an Eisteddfod.

Keep an eye out for news of our 2020 Eisteddfod.


Australian Calisthenics Competition 2019

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We are already 1/2 way through this amazing competition.  The Seniors, Inters, Tinies, Graceful Girls and Solos all entertained us over the last two weeks with their incredible performances.  Congratulations to all those that competed.  This week we are being entertained by the talented young sub-juniors, come and watch these beautiful performers and show them your support.