Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival is proud to announce the Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship.

The Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship will give two students the opportunity to perform at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow in their home region as well as receiving express entry into the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival Class of Cabaret program. Each scholarship, which is open to students in year 10 and 11, is valued at $5,000, which includes travel and accommodation assistance as well as private vocal tuition from one of Adelaide’s leading vocal teachers.

Every year the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow brings Adelaide Cabaret Festival favourites to regional South Australia, with the Roadshow visiting Mount Gambier and Renmark in 2016. One talented applicant each will be selected from the Limestone Coast and Murraylands/Riverland regions. In future years the scholarship will follow the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow to different South Australian regional centres, giving this amazing opportunity to students.


Performing arts students currently in year 10 or 11 from regional South Australia are invited to apply. Eligible students can also be nominated.


The two recipients of the scholarship will each participate in the Class of Cabaret program culminating in a group performance during the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $5000.00 to assist with travel and accommodation requirements, to attend rehearsals in Adelaide throughout Term 1 & 2 in 2017. They will also receive private tuition from one of Adelaide's leading vocal teachers.  In addition Adelaide Festival Centre's CentrED program will provide a DECD teacher to guide each student through assessments to achieve SACE Creative Arts Course Stage 1 or Stage 2 accreditation by the conclusion of the program.

Applications for the inaugural 2016 Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret scholarship have now closed.
The successful applicants will be announced on Friday 15th April.

The winners will perform in their regions on Thursday 5th May, in Mount Gambier and Saturday 7th May in Renmark as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow with Country Arts SA.

Nathaniel O’Brien passed away in late 2015 as a result of a car accident north of Adelaide whilst on his way to perform at a gig. A truly exceptional and determined individual, Nathaniel began his musical career at just seven years old, winning Pop Idol and taking part in the Balaklava Eisteddfod. Over the next 12 years Nathaniel won awards at numerous state and national musical competitions and festivals, and performed on multiple television programs including Australia’s Got Talent, The X Factor and New Zealand’s Miss Popularity. Music was a huge part of Nathaniel’s life, he enjoyed a range of genres and aside from singing, was a talented and award winning songwriter and instrumentalist playing; guitar, mandolin, keyboard, bassoon, stomp box and ukulele.

In 2013 Nathaniel performed as part of Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s Class of Cabaret, a program where young talented vocalists are given the unique opportunity to shine at the world’s premier Cabaret Festival. Each year the best and brightest performing arts students from South Australian high schools come together after months of cabaret masterclasses to share songs and personal stories in performances of raw aspiring and awe inspiring talent. Nathaniel returned to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival stage as a part of Class of Cabaret Grads in 2014.

Nathaniel would be proud to have this scholarship named after him knowing it will help fellow rural students to receive the opportunities that he experienced by attending and performing in the Class of Cabaret. Danny and Karen O’Brien, parents of Nathaniel


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