AT its regular Thursday morning gathering Sing Australia Ballarat North welcomed members of the Ballarat North Primary School choir. The choir consists of 35 students from Grades 3 – 6. Under the direction of teacher Ange Marshall, who also is a member of Sing Australia, the students meet once a week at lunchtimes to learn new songs and sing old favourites. Ange Marshall said that the students meet to rehearse in their own time and over the year there has been a marked improvement in their diction and pitch, as well as a growing confidence as the students perform in front of others. “The choir regularly performs at school assemblies, at local kindergartens, nursing homes and for their school concert. A highlight this year was to be invited to perform at Sing Australia’s Concert for Nepal,” Ange said.
“The relationship that has been building over the past couple of years between our choir and Sing Australia is very special for the school and our students and we are very grateful for the way in which Marilyn Kent, musical conductor, and the choir members make us feel so welcome,” Ange continued. Leader of Sing Australia Carolyn Priddle said that it was a real joy to have the young students at the Thursday gathering. “The students are a credit to their school and to Ange Marshall who has achieved so much. The way that the students engaged with our members was heart warming. It’s a great opportunity for us all to work alongside people of different ages with a common interest. It gives the young students a valuable perspective of themselves as part of a broader community,” Carolyn said. The young students were accompanied by a number of parents who walked with them from the school. They too thoroughly enjoyed the experience and a number of parents are going to come back to join Sing Australia. Singing does that to you…. And Sing Australia’s philosophy is that if you want to sing, you can!