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Walsh Bay Arts Table Event 'will open doors'

Walsh Bay Arts Table 2014 - Guest Performer, Rita Walford

Above: Rita Walford is building her career as a singer.
Image credit: Emma Wells Photography, Tamworth

Calrossy Anglican School Student, Rita May Walford will be one step closer to her dream career as a performer when she appears at the 2014 Walsh Bay Arts Table in Sydney on 11 November.

Rita says the event will open doors for her.

‘This opportunity is really beneficial, as I have just finished school, and as of right now I am choosing a career I want to pursue for the rest of my life.

‘Singing, becoming an international entertainer, is definitely at the top of my list. This is the beginning of my career as I believe it will open many doors to my future. So having this opportunity is very important to me and I want to thank Arts North West for allowing me to showcase my talent,’ she said.

Rita grew up in the remote town of Lighting Ridge and loved to sing from an early age. Becoming a boarder at Calrossy, Rita applied for a scholarship to financially support her singing lessons through the Conservatorium.

Her singing talents were spotted by Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Officer Lorrayne Riggs while working on the Aboriginal Cultural Showcase, Song to Sing Project, and Art Relay – Staged! Ms Riggs recommended her to Regional Arts NSW to perform at the prestigious Walsh Bay Arts Table event.

For the past year, Rita  has been mentored by Aboriginal blues singer/songwriter Buddy Knox. Through this opportunity she has performed around the region for fundraising events, Aboriginal showcase events and the Country Music Festival. Rita is now a part of the Miyay Mirrii Young Aboriginal Leadership Program.

Singing is one of my greatest passions and performing on stage is where I feel like I’m most comfortable, where I feel like I belong and where I know I am meant to be,’ she said.

All proceeds from the Walsh Bay Arts Table will be used to deliver the Regional Arts Australia National Conference and Arts Festival in 2016. 

Rita sings Etta James’ At Last.

With Arts North West