Combined voices sing

SING: Primary school students from around Whyalla are excited to raise their voices for a stage performance later this month.
SING: Primary school students from around Whyalla are excited to raise their voices for a stage performance later this month.

Students from every primary school in Whyalla have been tuning up their voices in preparation for a performance at the Middleback Arts Centre later this month.

The Whyalla Combined Primary School Choir brings students together in the name of music, giving all of them a chance to shine on stage.

The group recently met for practice at the Bunyarra Christian Centre, and Coordinator Matt Mallee says students are getting used to performing songs by artists such as Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi and Gene Wilder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

“Some songs are complex in terms of timing and singing quietly or loudly,” he said.

“They have been working really hard to get a cohesive sound going.”

The choir have been divided into sopranos and altos, singing different lines but also joining together to form harmonies. Certain students were selected to be soloists after auditioning for their part.

A total of 13 songs will be performed by the choir while supporting artists from the Samaritan College dance group and other singers will also perform.

Mr Mallee said the combined choir performances were often sell-outs because whole families come together to hear their children sing.

“When you have kids on stage you get bums on seats...it’s a really big event. They love seeing the kids on stage,” he said.

Mr Mallee said students put a lot of work into the choir, but do get good value out of it.

“They spend three terms rehearsing and two nights on the theatre, but until you’re on stage you don’t know how amazing that actually is,” he said.

The Whyalla Combined Primary School Choir will be performing at the Middleback Arts Centre on Wednesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 20 from 7pm to 9:30pm.