Hundreds of Goulburn Valley primary school students showcased their musical talents yesterday by taking part in a choir at Shepparton's Eastbank centre.JOHN LEWIS November 8, 2012 4:10am
Hundreds of young voices filled Shepparton’s Eastbank centre with harmony and fun yesterday at a special day-long Festival of Singing.
More than 600 students from 14 Goulburn Valley primary schools performed individual songs and sang together in a mass choir accompanied by a live four-piece band of local musicians.
Songs included Joy to the World, Do the Funky Chicken, Pushbike Song and Walkin’ on Sunshine.
Primary schools from Mooroopna, Tatura, St Mel’s in Shepparton, Currawa at Dookie, Merrigum, Undera, Ardmona, Zeerust and Waaia-Yalca South, Grahamvale, Congupna, Guthrie St, Bourchier St and Verney Rd took part in the festival.
The students also watched a performance by African drummer Mohamed Camera and Shepparton High School band Fresh.
Hosted by ABC radio personality Matt Dowling, the annual concert was the second in a three-year Heinze Music Program funded by the Fairley Foundation.
Project co-ordinator Tricia Sargant said singing improves children’s sense of wellbeing and belonging.
‘‘Their imagination is inspired, they develop more resilience and with their improvement in confidence, students are more willing to have a go at things,’’ Ms Sargant said.
She said the Heinze Music Project aims to help primary school teachers run their own singing and performance classes.
The project also provides scholarships to some disadvantaged students who wish to learn a musical instrument and supports the formation of an Association of Music Teachers in Shepparton.
The project is named after after Shepparton-born Sir Bernard Thomas Heinze, who died in 1982.
A music professor, Mr Heinze was conductor and director of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music.
He was the first Australian to be knighted for services to music in 1949.
A DVD about the experience of Indigenous people who settled on the river flats between Mooroopna and Shepparton from 1939 will be screened on Monday.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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