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.
“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
Divine Mercy Catholic
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Peter Carnley Anglican
St Luke’s Catholic
St Mark’s Anglican
St Mary MacKillop Catholic
St Vincent’s Catholic
Evening performance primary schools
Marys Mount Catholic
St Anthony’s Catholic
St Helena’s Catholic
St James’ Anglican
St Jude’s Catholic
Star of the Sea
Toodyay District High