SONGBIRDS: Small schools choir members Sarah Herington, Andrea Brushett and Ethan Houlden.
SONGBIRDS: Small schools choir members Sarah Herington, Andrea Brushett and Ethan Houlden.

Small school, big voice

TWENTY-seven children from 10 local primary schools sang in the Festival of Choral Music at the Sydney Opera House last week.

Year 5 and 6 students from Larnook, Wyrallah, Coffee Camp, Blakebrook, Eltham, Modanville, Bexhill, Caniaba, Clunes, and Upper Coopers Creek schools joined a massed choir of 750 kids.

Co-ordinators Jackie Nilon and Stephen Clough said it was an amazing opportunity for children from small schools.

"I think it's the fact they can go and sing with a group of people and become this huge voice," Ms Nilon said. "We'd practised individually as our choir, but with 750 kids and the impact that had, and the control about how loud or soft, gives them a bigger voice and means they realise what they can achieve when they work together."

Larnook's Sveva Bennett, 11, said she'd loved the experience.

"I'd only ever seen the Opera House, it was the first time I'd been inside," she said.

"I thought the songs sounded really cool, and I've since seen a film and that looked really cool too."

Mr Clough said the students' performance was a tribute to all the hard work.

"It makes it all worthwhile when you see them perform on stage like that," he said. "A lot of people have been to the Opera House but have never had the opportunity to sing in an environment like that, it gives a lot of meaning to what we've been doing."


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