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.
Dozens of Euroa and district residents have gathered outside Euroa’s Amaroo aged-care facility for a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash could not confirm when or if Deniliquin’s health classification would be changed when in town a little more than a week ago.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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