Adjudicator And Judge

The role of adjudicator holds an important responsibility in an eisteddfod. A lot of time and effort goes into each and every performance on that stage.

Whether you are six or sixty it is a daunting experience to share your art form in front of your friends, your peers and an audience.

There are many factors to take into account whilst judging. Your comments can influence a performer on many levels.

It is important to critique with fairness and positivisty.

It is an honour to be invited to adjudicate and to share your knowledge.

D’Arne gained a love of adjudicating after an invitation to judge a “Senior Superstar” competition in 2015 and the vocal and choral disciplines for the Mackay Eisteddfod in 2016. In 2019 she was invited to adjudicate vocal, choral and drama for Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod, vocal and choral for Dalby and Maryborough eisteddfods and for the annual Fairholme College Toowoomba vocal soiree. She is looking forward to judging in Taree and on the Sunshine Coast in 2020 amongst other performing and adjudicating opportunities.

I welcome a chat by phone 0418 781287
or by email:

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D’Arne, thanks for bringing together a wonderful group again who gave us solos, duets, trios of music for everyone.  It was an inspiring evening. I continually ask myself – How did we ever come to be blessed with great performers like those who are happy to give a concert to our group of seniors, their family and friends?  You have brought the joy of music into the lives of so many people along with a laugh and a few tears.


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All of you sang your way into the hearts of the audience who, like our organising team, knew you had brought Christmas to us in the best way possible – through music which is after all, what Christmas is about, along with family, and above all, love for one another….


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Just a message to say thank you for your beautiful contribution yesterday at my mother’s funeral. Several people commented how lovely your voice was and how beautiful the songs were. Sorry I didn’t get to say thank you on the day. Good luck throughout your career.




Their selection of songs and the spirit with which they sang made them an outstanding success …

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Dear D’Arne, I hope this reaches you as I want to thank you for the beautiful atmosphere your voice created at Mum’s funeral on 18th Jan at St Francis Xavier Church. Our family was blessed with your performance and we wish you all the very best for your career. Wishing you baskets of Easter Happiness.




Dear Ms Sleeman ~ Thank you sincerely for the solos you sang at my husband Harry’s funeral. You have a beautiful voice and were much appreciated by many but none more than myself.




Dear D’Arne,

We are still elated after Carolyn’s beautiful wedding. Thank you for your wonderful singing which enhanced the ceremony enormously. The Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus were both gorgeous. We also thank you for leading the hymns and responses for the congregation. We all enjoyed singing with you! Many thanks for an unforgettable day.  

James McKeon


A Delight.

On behalf of the Indee thank you Elizabeth, D’Arne, Mark and Bernard for another superb show.  The compliments flowed thick and fast as the audience left and so they should have. The show had a lovely warmth, great balance of songs and the look of you lot thoroughly enjoying yourselves (I hope that looks don’t lie).It was a delight having you back and we hope that you can see your ways clear to repeat the visit perhaps at the same-ish time next year. 

John Burls

Indee (Edmundi)

Amazing Performance!

RESOUNDING OVATION: Underground Opera performers,  Darian Johns, D’Arne Sleeman, Adele King, Glen Lorimer and Brendan Murtagh receive a resounding ovation from the audience when they performed at Capricorn Caves. AMAZING EVENT:  on a high after an amazing performance of Opera in the Caves.

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Thank You!

Hi D’Arne,  I just wanted to drop you a line to say THANK YOU for your beautiful singing on my wedding day (14th Sept). It was so hectic, I didn’t get a chance to catch you, on the day, and I’ve just recently arrived back in Ireland. Ave Maria sounded amazing as I was walking up the aisle- I’ll never forget it!  Thanks again, Best Wishes

Kathleen McCarthy


Sounded Fantastic!

I just wanted to follow up and thank you for your excellent job at our wedding on the 12th. I know it was a big ask to learn and sing a zulu song but it sounded fantastic – as did Nightingale. Everyone commented to us how great you guys were before and during the service – you really added to the joy on our day. All the very best and please pass on my thanks to the rest of the group.



Best yet!

This year’s entertainment was the best yet …

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On behalf of the concerts committee, I wish to sincerely thank and congratulate all the members of IN THE MOOD FOUR for the wonderful concert. We were delighted that you agreed to perform for us. We have received many complimentary comments, so I know the audience really appreciated the opportunity to hear such a well arranged program and your professional presentation was stunning. Hopefully, you would be interested in performing for us again some time in the future …

St Stephen’s Concert Series



In keeping with the evening’s Diva Divine theme, guests were wowed with a performance by one of Queensland Opera’s most accomplished Lyric Sopranos, D’Arne Sleeman, whose powerful voice filled the ballroom at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre…

UDIA Media Release



Thanks for such a fantastic job at short notice!

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