Winning singer's star is on the rise

SILKSTONE Eisteddfod multiple-prize winner Richard Tank was a fairly late starter in the performance stakes.

But after playing the role of villain Bill Sykes in a 2009 production of Oliver at the age of 16, Richard's eyes were firmly fixed on a stage career.

Ipswich Grammar School singing teacher Bronwyn French mentored Richard in his senior school years, and refined the performance style that won him five first places at the popular eisteddfod.

A Bachelor of Music student at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Richard is studying classical voice and developing his acting skills.

"I am basically a singer but I would like to get into musical theatre and/or opera, which requires acting ability and stage craft," he said.

"My ambition is to play Javert in a professional production of Les Miserables, as well as some operatic roles."

Richard's mother, Conservatoire graduate Robyn Tank, has been a huge influence on her son, as has his vocal teacher, Australian baritone Jason Barry-Smith.

"It is hard to describe what I love about performing," Richard said.

"I would say it's mainly the self-satisfaction I get from it but, also to some lesser extent, making people proud."

Eisteddfod presentations will be held on Saturday from 7pm at Glebe Rd Uniting Church hall, Eileen St, Booval.



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