AN annual school choir festival has graduated to a bigger venue and changed its name.
One Big Voice, formerly the Westcoast Songfest at Arena Joondalup, is set to be one of the biggest ever group performances at Perth Arena this Friday, August 12.
It has grown from six schools in its first year to 74 this year, involving 4000 students in its 17th anniversary. Musical director Donna Marwick O’Brien said teachers had prepared their students in class since April for the massed choir concert, including her own pupils at Bambara Primary School in Padbury.
“The choice of repertoire is carefully chosen to include songs with positive and affirming lyrics and the magic of 4000 voices singing in two and three- part harmony will be incredible,” she said.
“People love being in it.
“It attracts a huge group of teachers who have this absolute passion and love for music.”
Three workshops are held where teachers’ receive their song parts on CD and in a booklet.
“As far as the major rehearsal (is concerned) it doesn’t happen until the day of the festival,” she said.
“It’s the first time all the kids will be together.”
Guest artists will include Robbie Anderson from The Voice Kids and the Subih Brothers from Australia’s Got Talent.
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