One Big Voice expands to two shows as Australia’s biggest children’s choir festival

One Big Voice has expanded to 6000 students from 115 schools filling Perth Arena for two concerts in 2018.
One Big Voice has expanded to 6000 students from 115 schools filling Perth Arena for two concerts in 2018.

HAVING too many kids wanting to take part in One Big Voice is a problem Donna Marwick-O’Brien is happy to have.

So this year, Australia’s largest children’s choir festival will introduce a matinee performance for the August 17 concert.

“We didn’t want to turn anyone away,” the musical director said.

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“We were also aware that many schools wanted to join us but would be unable to attend an evening show for various reasons, so a matinee seemed like the way to go.”

Ms Marwick-O’Brien said while the repertoire for both concerts was the same, they would feature different performers, with the matinee on a smaller scale.

One Big Voice started in 2001 as the Westcoast Songfest involving six northern suburbs schools and 450 students performing at HBF Arena in Joondalup.

This year, the festival will see 6000 students from 115 schools fill Perth Arena, with the inclusion of the OBV Choir which was created for students from years 5 to 8 who wanted to continue taking part in One Big Voice but had moved on to high school or a school that does not participate.

“It is wonderful to have expanded as we are able to realise our vision of getting as many children as possible singing positive, uplifting and life-affirming songs,” Ms Marwick-O’Brien said.

Tickets are still available for the 12.30pm matinee through Ticketek.

Matinee performance primary schools

Aubin Grove

Avon Valley

Balga

Caralee

Clayton View

Craigie Heights

Currambine

Divine Mercy Catholic

East Beechboro

East Hamersley

Halidon

Hampton Park

Lathlain

Madeley

Merriwa

Nollamara

North Fremantle

Northshore Christian

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Padbury Catholic

Peter Carnley Anglican

Poseidon

Quinns Baptist

Quinns Beach

Ranford

Rosalie

Singleton

Somerly

Sorrento

South Lake

South Padbury

St Luke’s Catholic

St Mark’s Anglican

St Mary MacKillop Catholic

St Vincent’s Catholic

Success

Quintilian School

Tuart Rise

Wanneroo

Warriapendi

Yanchep Lagoon

Yokine

Evening performance primary schools

Alinjarra

Armadale

Ashdale

Assumption Catholic

Ballajura

Bambara

Banksia Park

Bateman

Beaumaris

Bindoon

Brentwood

Butler

Calista

Clarkson

Creaney

Dale Christian

Davallia

Dianella Heights

Duncraig

Edgewater

Edney

Endeavour Schools

Falls Road

Floreat Park

Freshwater Bay

Gidgegannup

Glengarry

Hawker Park

Helena College

Helena Valley

Hillarys

Hocking

Illawarra

Kingsway Christian

Kinross

Lake Gwelup

Lake Joondalup

Landsdale

Liwara

Manjimup

Marri Grove

Marys Mount Catholic

Merredin College

Mindarie

Moora

Mt Hawthorn

Mullaloo Beach

Mullaloo Heights

Narrogin

North Woodvale

Padbury

Riverton

Rockingham Lakes

Safety Bay

Scarborough

Secret Harbour

Spring Hill

Springfield

St Anthony’s Catholic

St Helena’s Catholic

St James’ Anglican

St Jude’s Catholic

Star of the Sea

Toodyay District High

Tuart Hill

West Balcatta

West Greenwood

Woodlands

Yanchep Beach