Stu­dent thrilled to be on tour in Europe with choir

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DOUBLEVIEW so­prano Emma Kealey is in Europe on her first trip over­seas with a 55-mem­ber Aus­tralian Girls Choir (AGC) squad for a three-week In­ter­na­tional Tour.

The Churchlands Se­nior High School Year 10 stu­dent has been in the AGC for five years and will per­form on stage in London, Villers-Bre­ton­neux, Paris, Venice, Maros­tica and Rome.

Some of the main venues where the choir will per­form in­clude the Vat­i­can in Rome and the Aus­tralian Em­bassy in Paris.

Emma said she was look­ing for­ward to AGC’s 20th in­ter­na­tional tour in its 32-year his­tory.

“I was ex­tremely ex­cited, es­pe­cially since I was not ex­pect­ing it be­cause I sent in a let­ter to Ju­dith Cur­phey, the founder of the AGC, to get the schol­ar­ship,” she said.

“I am ac­tu­ally re­ally ex­cited about London be­cause we get to go to schools and join the school choirs to do work­shops.”

The 15-year-old said her prepa­ra­tion had been solid.

“There are about a dozen songs, so we have to prac­tice them about twice a week,” she said.

“I am singing the so­prano 2B parts.

“It is one of the mid­dle parts; we sing the har­monies and then the alto is the lower parts.”

Emma said she started singing when she was about seven years old and hoped to pur­sue a ca­reer in clas­si­cal singing.

“I am swap­ping to voice at Churchlands next year and the tu­tors at the choir are re­ally good,” she said.

“When I fin­ish school, I plan to at­tend the WA Acad­emy of Per­form­ing Arts and study clas­si­cal voice and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion and hope­fully teach younger lev­els in the choir.

“I think I just re­ally want to con­tinue singing in choirs be­cause I think that suits my voice the most.”

She said she liked singing in­die pop songs but pre­ferred to sing in a choir.

The tour is from Septem­ber 16 to October 8.­mu­ni­ d459140

Churchlands SHS stu­dent Emma Kealey (15) is on a three-week tour of Europe with the Aus­tralian Girls Choir. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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