Students take to the stage for annual music festival

TAKING TO THE STAGE: Students from across the South East will once again take to the stage as they prepare for the annual South East Primary School Music Festival.

Charlotte Varcoe

STUDENTS from across the South East will take over the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre next week as part of an annual musical festival.

The South East Primary Schools’ Music Festival – now in its 33rd year – will host more than 500 students from 25 schools across the region over four nights of musical entertainment.

Despite the theatre operating at 75 per cent capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions, students continue to prepare for the mammoth event.

Festival publicity officer Sharron Bone said students had been rehearsing for the event throughout the year, with both government and non-government schools scheduled to participate.

“For many students it is their first time on the stage as they represent their school and although they don’t have to be the best to do that it is something they can participate in with any skill level,” Ms Bone said.

“Having this event allows for students from all walks of life to participate including those with special needs who may not typically get the chance to perform on stage.

“Our series of concerts aims to promote and develop the arts for school children within the South East region, giving them an opportunity to perform in a festival of massed choirs.”

Ms Bones said the festival not only incorporated choral music but also orchestral music, public speaking, dance and drama, allowing students to showcase their talents in a wide variety of artistic endeavours as guest artist performers.

“A lot of students have time practising during choir training but also have to learn it all at home as well and it really is a major community collaboration event which is showcased throughout the week.”

The concerts will be held in the evenings from Tuesday through to Friday with the official concert beginning at 7.30pm.