Now in its fifth year, Singfest is a choral celebration involving 20 northern Tasmanian government, Catholic and independent schools, with more than 600 students involved in the event.
Held in Launceston’s grandiose Albert Hall, Singfest has become so popular it is now held over two days, with several massed items and individual school performances.
For the massed items, choirs are assigned one of three parts which they rehearse at school. On the day of the performance, the choirs sing together in stunning vocal arrangements they will have only imagined up until then.
Choirs have been practicing week in and week out, many since first term, in preparation for this exciting event.
Non-competitive and not-for-profit, Singfest is all about kids singing. This year’s repertoire includes contemporary pop songs, a rollicking English folk number and delicate tunes which will have you reaching for the tissue box.
St Finn Barr’s Catholic School Music teacher Daniel Townsend is a proud member of the Singfest committee. His school will participate this year, singing an item with a difference.
“For our item, we will be accompanying ourselves with ukuleles,” Mr Townsend said. “Singing and strumming. It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.”
As for Townsend’s involvement on the committee, he is adamant it’s for the love of music.
“We are all volunteers and we do it because we love music and we believe every child should be celebrated. As a committee, we communicate every other day and are busy working towards Singfest on top of all our other work as teachers.”
Singfest is Wednesday September 25 and Thursday September 26. Tickets are available now through Theatre North.