MORE than 300 voices filled the St Mary’s School hall for the annual Festival of the Sacred.
Including students from across the Catholic Primary Schools in the Northern Plains, the festival is a chance for year 5 and 6 students to show off their talents and explore all the arts have to offer.
Schools included in the event were St Mary’s Cohuna, St Joseph’s Kerang, St Patrick’s Tongala, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Elmore, St Joseph’s Rochester, St Patrick’s Pyramid Hill, St Mary’s Echuca and St Augustine’s Kyabram.
Fundamentally a chorale exhibition, the festival also incorporated aspects of dance and drama.
Each school presented their own musical items and all the students joined together to present four pieces.
The students and audience were also treated to a special performance from a festival alumni, Jessica McCarthy originally from St Francis of the Fields Primary School in Strathfieldsaye.
Claire Spinelli, one of the key organisers of the showcase, was thrilled with the outcome.
“The repertoire for this year’s show ranges from cool gospel sounds to touches of 80s pop, musical theatre and film flair. The students have also learnt two dance routines,’’ she said.
The students were joined by the Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst Paul Desmond.
“It’s wonderful to see music and singing becoming such an important part of the educational experience for these students and to be able to provide something special for the kids to look forward to and work towards,’’ he said.
The musical spectacular was led by a3-Australian Arts Alive, a branch of the Australian School of Performing Arts. Now in its seventh year, the festival is part of the Diocesan Arts strategy for the Sandhurst Diocese and highlights an important partnership between Catholic Education Sandhurst and the Australian School of Performing Arts who deliver high quality performing arts experiences for young people throughout the country.