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Choral Fanfare - Brisbane Trip

Music! Count Us In!

In June this year the Senior Choir won the regional ‘Choral Fanfare’ competition held at Mt Lofty State High School.  Due to this we were invited to join the ‘Choral Fanfare Gala Showcase Concert’ in Brisbane.  As part of this concert we were asked to perform in the nationwide initiative called ‘Music, Count Us In’.  This is an event scheduled each year to promote music in schools.

On Thursday 29th October the Senior Choir left school at 6.30am to travel by bus to Brisbane.  We arrived at Southbank at 8.45 and went straight to the Queensland Conservatorium to rehearse.  We were able to have a quick run through of our songs before the choirs from five other schools joined us for the massed choir rehearsal of ‘Gold’.  This was the chosen piece for the ‘Music, Count Us In’ program.

We walked from Southbank to the Queen Street Mall where we joined with over 500 000 students from over 2 000 schools across Australia in a live ‘sing-a-long’ of ‘Gold’.  Each school that participated was then able to perform one song of their own to perform in the Mall.

When we finished singing we started walking through the busy streets of Brisbane to the bus that would take us to the Old Museum.  This building was built in 1891 and we were taken on a little tour to see where we would be performing later in the day.

During our lunch in the grounds of the Old Museum it began to rain so we had to head inside.  While we were waiting for our next rehearsal to begin we got to see the ‘Queensland Police Pipe and Drum Band’.  They were very kind and let us stand in for their rehearsal.

After our final rehearsal we found a park and everyone had an amazing time.  For dinner we went to McDonalds and even though it was a very small restaurant we all squeezed in and had something to eat.

At the evening concert at the Old Museum, we performed our two pieces:  ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and ‘Asalaam Aleikhum’.  We were congratulated by many for our beautiful singing!  At 7.30pm we got on the bus to head home.  When we arrived home at 9.30pm everyone was exhausted but happy.  We feel very proud to have received positive feedback about our behavior during the whole day and our dress standard.  One lady took the time to email the following:  the students’ performance was just beautiful and that they did the school and their parents proud. And that it was hard to believe they were primary school ‘kids’.

We would especially like to thank Mr Hensler, Mrs Burke and Mrs Keating for their work this year in making such a special day possible. 

Eliza Garvin, Jasmine Kelly, Sam Parker, Nicholas Burke (2015 Music Captains)