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Voices will be raised in joyful celebration as the Catholic Schools Music Festival hits the stage again in September.

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After moving to a virtual event last year where schools recorded their performances, it’s all systems go for the 2021 festival that will be held live over four nights at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre.

Last month 10 ‘hub’ rehearsals were held throughout the State, giving music director Denise Rothall the opportunity to work with large numbers of students and their teachers at one time.

One rehearsal was held at Nazareth Catholic College’s junior campus on June 15 and brought together more than 100 students from Nazareth, Tenison Woods Primary, St Joseph’s Hindmarsh, St Margaret Mary’s School, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, St Francis School Lockleys, St John Bosco School and St Michael’s College.

“The students are so excited about performing on stage again,” said production manager Samantha Taylor.

“Our only restrictions this year will be on capacity of the venue and whether people in the audience will be required to wear face masks.

“We will keep monitoring the situation in the coming months but otherwise things are back to normal.

“With different venues being used and then COVID, the event has been reimagined and reinvented in a number of ways over the past five years, so we are really looking forward to some wonderful performances this year.”

This year’s choral program will feature a Beatles medley and the four concerts will showcase the musical talents of more than 1800 students from 80 Catholic schools around the State.

For more information about the festival which is being held from September 20-23, go to


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