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Festival choir sings praises of the city


After a challenging start to the year, it’s full steam ahead for the annual Catholic Schools Music Festival which will begin on September 26.

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The musical extravaganza will see more than 1300 students representing 67 Catholic schools from around the State singing in the festival choir over four nights, with a further 16 schools represented in supporting acts including instrumental ensembles, vocal groups and solo performances.

Music director Denise Rothall said it had been a challenge for students and teachers to be able to gather as COVID restrictions had halted rehearsals earlier in the year.

“I’m so proud of the students’ achievements in this year of challenges,” she said. “I am also so proud of the teachers and their incredible dedication to help the students in the best way they can.

“The students and the choir trainers have shown great resilience and this year’s event will once again be up to our usual fantastic standard.”

In the lead up to the performances, Loreto College last month hosted 17 school choirs each day over four days for rehearsals, enabling students to perfect their songs and moves.

Production coordinator Samantha Taylor said patrons at this year’s festival would be entertained by the usual mix of beautiful ballads and fun songs, including an energetic rendition of YMCA and an ABBA medley, with another highlight being a song dedicated to Adelaide.

“This year is Adelaide Year of the Choir and the festival choir is performing a new composition by Adelaide composer Glyn Lehmann which has been written to acknowledge our own beautiful city of Adelaide as Australia’s first, and only, UNESCO City of Music,”
Ms Taylor explained.

“The festival is a wonderful showcase of the musical talents of our students and is open to the general public. While patrons may not know the students personally, they are sure to be thoroughly awe-inspired and uplifted by Adelaide’s future entertainers!”

First staged in 1989, the music festival will this year return to familiar surroundings at the Festival Theatre. Performances will run from September 26 to 29 and tickets are now available at Ticketek.

For information on which schools are performing each night, visit


GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win one of two double passes to the festival, send an email with ‘Music Festival Competition’ in the subject line to: by Monday September 12. Please include name and contact telephone number. Winners will be notified by email/phone.



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