Thousands of school students performed at Westcoast Songfest

Drummers Shaheen and Manuel Subih, special guests Robbie Anderson and Bethany O Brien, and Cerys Clack.
Drummers Shaheen and Manuel Subih, special guests Robbie Anderson and Bethany O Brien, and Cerys Clack.

TALENTED performers Robbie Anderson, from The Voice Kids, Bethany O'Brien, Manuel and Shaheen Subih and Cerys Clack were among thousands of school students to perform at Westcoast Songfest last week.

The festival aims to promote talent from across the State and this year introduced a 30-minute Young Talent segment.

‘The Young Talent is a new initiative of the Westcoast Songfest at our preconcert entertainment, providing another opportunity to showcase the outstanding talent of primary and high school students,’ festival co-director Helen Fabri said.

Over the three-day festival, there were young talent performances from drumming groups, pianists, singers, guitarists and a violinist.

‘In 2000, six schools participated with 450 students singing and this year we had 72 schools with about 3700 students participating over three days,’ Ms Fabri said.

Guest performers included Robbie Anderson from The Voice Kids singing Pharrell Williams’ hit Happy and Train’s Hey Soul Sister and Bethany O’Brien performing Let it Go from Frozen.

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles, Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts attended.

Musical director Donna Marwick-O’Brien said songs were carefully chosen to convey positive messages of peace, love and joy.

‘Westcoast Songfest was established to provide a performance opportunity for developing primary school choirs,’ she said.

‘The intention was that the choirs would perform in a non-competitive environment, encouraging participation rather than competition and allowing the students to build good relationships with other schools and members of the community.

‘It is something you have to experience to truly appreciate the magic you feel when you are hearing so many beautiful voices singing in harmony.’

Students received Westcoast Songfest bumper stickers as a keepsake.