STUDENTS from Murwillumbah East Public School in Sydney for the Primary Schools Choral Festival held at the Opera House.
STUDENTS from Murwillumbah East Public School in Sydney for the Primary Schools Choral Festival held at the Opera House.

Sydney charms singers

CHOIR students from Murwillumbah East Public School put on a big voice when they represented the Tweed in the Primary Schools Choral Festival in Sydney last month.

About 30 students between Years four and six at the school joined 800 fellow pupils from around the state to perform to a full house at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday, October 20.

School music teacher Beth Brooks said it was the first time the school has been selected for the prestigious event.

“We had to audition for it by sending in a DVD of the children performing at the end of last year and we’ve been practising for it since February,” Ms Brooks said.

“We were so excited to have been accepted. It’s a first for our school and a real achievement.

“I couldn’t have been prouder of the effort all the children put in.”

The repertoire was done under Australian composer Ian Jefferson and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.

Songs performed included Ordinary Miracle from Charlotte’s Web, I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It from Doctor Dolittle, Where is Love? from Oliver! and two songs in foreign languages: Hashivenu and Gloria Deo.

Ms Brooks said the flight to Sydney the day before was the first time many of her students had been on an aeroplane.

“As one of our students put it, ‘the experience was awesome’,” Ms Brooks said.

“We walked to Circular Quay and took the ferry to Darling Harbour where we visited the national Maritime Museum.

“I think it was the warships and submarines that were the hits of the day.

“After lunch at Darling Harbour we walked to the Powerhouse Museum, which was brilliant before taking the monorail back to the hotel to get organised for the trip home.”

Ms Brooks said her students would next perform at Salt Village’s Candles by Candle Light on December 5.

“I have to thank the wonderful students who were superb in all aspects and to their parents who assisted us greatly and helped so much in the smooth running of our excursion,” she said.



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