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BEAUTIFUL VOICE: First time performer at the eisteddfod, Mikaela Webb of Orange, took out second place in the 12 years folk solo section. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0812eist1

BEAUTIFUL VOICE: First time performer at the eisteddfod, Mikaela Webb of Orange, took out second place in the 12 years folk solo section. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0812eist1

IT’S the most difficult form of singing: performing a cappella with no accompaniment.

But on Wednesday it enhanced the performance of first-time City of Orange Eisteddfod performer Mikaela Webb, of Orange, whose perfect pitch helped her take second place in the 12 years and under folk solo section.

Mikaela, who is taught by William Moxey, impressed the adjudicator in her debut performance in a competition to finish second behind seasoned performer Crystelle Googe.

Mikaela began singing lessons three years ago.

“But this is the first time I have had to get up in front of people at an eisteddfod,” she said.

Her father Jason says his daughter has always had a passion for exercising her vocal chords.

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“She been singing for as long as I can remember, she loves it,” he said.

Freya Bieniek, also a first-time performer in the Orange eisteddfod, took out third place, with all the other competitors awarded a highly commended.

For young Freya it meant she was following in the footsteps of her mother Gabriel, a former vocal scholarship winner at the City of Orange Eisteddfod.

When adjudicator Robyn Ryan asked the competitors if they knew the history of the folk song, Freya’s hand shot up.

She deliveredthe answer with ease, that it was a piece where the author was unknown.

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