Amidst tough competition, Tabatha McFadyen has been awarded first prize at this year’s contest.

Tough competition didn’t deter Brisbane-based Tabatha McFadyen, who was yesterday awarded first prize and $5,000 at the Mietta Song Competition.

The biannual competition has been held since 1995, and promotes the performance and wider appreciation of art song. This year’s adjudication panel included some of Australia’s finest musical minds: Professor Mel Waters, Yvonne Kenny AM, Michael Smallwood and Anna Goldsworthy.

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