Prendiville Catholic College students get chance to perform at Sydney Opera House

The Year 9 band and choir members. Picture: Martin Kennealey d455990
The Year 9 band and choir members. Picture: Martin Kennealey d455990

PERFORMING at the Sydney Opera House became a reality for Prendiville Catholic College students during the school holidays.

Seventy students from years 8 to 12 who are part of the Concert Winds senior band and the College Choir were chosen to take part in the Australian International Music Festival from July 3 to 10.

They were from the only WA school that took part and were involved in rehearsals, workshops and performances at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, City Recital Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

School music and performing arts director Ellen Broderick said this was one of several events the students had been preparing for this year.

“Choir students rehearse weekly and the concert band twice a week on a number of pieces in preparation for college events, competitions and external performances,” she said.

“The students have worked extremely hard and have displayed outstanding commitment, focus and dedication to the music program.”

She said the tour was important to build teamwork and promote musical excellence.

“It was also a cultural experience because they met students from across the world and had the opportunity to perform in Australia’s most iconic concert hall at the Sydney Opera House,” she said.