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Students in tune for annual music festival


Singers and musicians from schools across the State are getting ready to showcase their talents at the 31st annual Catholic Schools Music Festival in September.

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To be held from September 23 to 26, the 2019 event sees a return to its ‘home’ of 27 years at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. This follows two years at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre whilst the Festival Centre underwent a refurbishment.

More than 2000 students representing 80 Catholic schools will perform across the four evenings of the festival.

The musical program consists of a 400-voice combined schools upper primary choir formed by different schools each evening. A feature of this year’s performance will be a medley paying tribute to ‘80 years of Oz’.

The arrangements of the choral songs are complemented by secondary students in the festival string ensemble, rhythm section, and a boys’ choir adding harmonies and a rich bass element.

A variety of support acts selected by audition comprising solo, duet and ensemble items provide entertainment throughout the evening, both on stage interspersed throughout the choral program and as foyer entertainment prior to the concert.

Musical director Denise Rothall and festival production coordinator Samantha Taylor said the festival was much more than just a week of performances.

“It is a year of education, where students from differing backgrounds come together and share social and emotional interaction in a positive learning environment. We are nurturing their spiritual growth and fortifying one of the many strengths that Catholic schools have to offer,” said Denise.

“To be able to experience the journey involving a large scale professional type of performance in one of Adelaide’s most prestigious venues is very significant and beneficial to our young people on so many levels,” added Samantha.

The Catholic Schools Music Festival is open to the public and runs from September 23 to 26 at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. Book tickets at BASS For information on which schools are performing each night, visit


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