Mu­sic tal­ent where it counts

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

A ST Hilda’s Angli­can School for Girls Year 12 stu­dent has helped cre­ate an orig­i­nal song, which was sung by stu­dents across Aus­tralia last week.

Stella Kelly was cho­sen ear­lier this year for the Count Us In mu­sic pro­gram, along with three other stu­dents across Aus­tralia, to co-write a song un­der the di­rec­tion of renowned Aus­tralian mu­si­cians John Fore­man and Jay Laga’aia.

Stu­dents from St Hilda’s got to take part last Thurs­day in a na­tional sing-along with stu­dents from across Aus­tralia.

Stella said it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to take part in the pro­gram.

“We got to talk about mu­sic be­cause we all love it, and they had so much knowl­edge to pass on to me,” she said.

The pro­gram is about ad­vo­cat­ing and cel­e­brat­ing mu­sic in Aus­tralian schools and was run in Syd­ney in in­ten­sive song­writ­ing ses­sions, where the stu­dents cre­ated the song Let it Play.

Fol­low­ing her fi­nal WACE ex­ams, Stella will au­di­tion for the WA Academy of Per­form­ing Arts and the Mel­bourne Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic.

Stella said she never imag­ined stu­dents from around Aus­tralia would be singing a song she helped write.

“That feel­ing of hav­ing peo­ple all over Aus­tralia happy and singing your song is in­cred­i­ble,” she said. “I love mu­sic, so I hope I do it for the rest of my life.”

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