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Spreading the joy of Christmas on KI


The holiday season is fast approaching and St Mary’s College is spreading the Christmas cheer with a music tour to Kangaroo Island next month.

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To uphold the seasonal tradition of neighbourly kindness, 28 music students are heading to Kangaroo Island from Friday December 3 to Thursday December 9 for a different take on a music immersion experience.

Two years after the Black Summer bushfires and after another year entrenched in pandemic-related uncertainty, the college decided to share its passion for music closer to home. Normally, students would have been preparing to travel to Ireland to reconnect with Cabra College, Dublin – the home of seven of the original Dominican Sisters at St Mary’s –  however this wasn’t possible due to COVID restrictions.

Instead the students will showcase their diverse musical talents with locals on a different island. From choirs to instrumental ensembles encompassing traditional through to jazz and contemporary music, the 2021 Music Tour aims to be as much about service as performance, delivering Christmas joy in a series of events.

Students will perform at the Carols Community Event at Lloyd Collins Reserve in Penneshaw, the Penneshaw Markets, and at the Kingscote, Penneshaw and Parndana campus of Kangaroo Island Community Education.

Supporting the tour is a team of dedicated staff, led by the college’s Music director, Sue Rodger.


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