Hunter Student at Festival of Choral Music

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Education & Childcare, News ~ by Press on  30 Aug 2019

Talented locals join more than 3,000 NSW public school students on stage at the Sydney Opera House next week for the 2019 Festival of Choral Music.

In one of the largest musical events held at the Opera House each year, students from more than 120 schools across NSW perform over four days.

Festival of Choral Music at the Sydney Opera House ~ Photo credit Arts Unit NSW Gov."

Participating schools and groups are Hunter Trebles, Bolwarra Public School, Fennell Bay Public School, and Hunter School of Performing Arts.

School choirs of up to 36 Year 3 to Year 6 students, able to sing two-part harmony, audition with The Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said performing at the Sydney Opera House is a moment children will remember for life.

The opportunity to showcase your talents in Australia’s greatest musical home is a huge honour and I’m so excited for all the NSW students performing during the festival.

This government is passionate about the Arts and so are NSW students, with over 520,000 students involved in Arts Unit programs so far this year.”

The Arts Unit’s Kindergarten to Year 8 Music Officer, Ian Jefferson, said the Festival is a unique opportunity to showcase the talent in NSW primary schools.

Performing at the Opera House is a thrilling musical experience for these students, and for some of the regional students it may be their first visit to Sydney,” said Mr Jefferson.

The students have been chosen for their talent and passion for music, and should be very proud of what they have achieved.

Congratulations are due to them and all the teachers and other staff responsible for bringing everything together for such a major event.”

The Festival of Choral Music has been running for more than 65 years. In 2019 it will feature more than 3,000 choristers over four nights, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra as well as a large stage band.

There will be traditional, folk and musical theatre music performed by four massed choirs, each of about 700 students, as well as solo and ensemble items.

2019 concert dates at the Sydney Opera House:

The Argyle Concert – Monday 2September, 7pm

The Australis Concert – Tuesday 3 September, 7pm

The Bennelong Concert – Wednesday 4 September, 7pm

The Endeavour Concert – Thursday 5 September, 7pm

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