FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
Coming together for the love of music
CHILDREN’S voices raised the roof at Caloundra’s Unity College last week in a choral spectacular.
Last Tuesday, nine Sunshine Coast Catholic Schools came together to warm their vocal chords and sing proudly.
Among all of those delighted singers was Unity College student Cais Zwolsman.
Cais, like many of his peers, has a love for music.
He said he believed it helped him in other areas of his learning too.
“Music improves my confidence and makes me a happier person,” the Caloundra student said.
The Choral Spectacular Concert was in celebration of Catholic Education Week and the Year of Youth.
The education week is held annually to celebrate and promote the mission and ethos of Catholic schools in Queensland.
The theme for Catholic Education Week was ‘Discovering new horizons’.
The inspiration for the theme came from a speech given by Pope Francis in 2016.
Schools involved with the choral concert explored the theme in any way they pleased.
This year singing was used as the driving force.
The week inspired Catholic school students to make new discoveries and broaden their horizons.
From the nine Sunshine Coast schools, there was a total of 12 choirs.
The recital was an opportunity for like-minded students from different Coast schools to join together to applaud each other and use the platform to embrace their talent.
Choir of Hard Knocks director Jonathon Welch worked with the schools to bring together the amazing performance.
The big day was full of workshops before the final recital to ensure that all the students involved felt well prepared and could settle their nerves.
Mr Welch didn’t just work on the final result but he also ran the workshops.
With his experience as a multi-award winning singer, conductor and teacher, it’s no wonder the audience was blown away.
Without any traditional instruments, the students relied on their collective voices to fill the room.
The day allowed students to work together, showcasing their skills and learning new techniques to warm up and perform to a crowd.
The students learnt valuable industry skills while enjoying what they love, collaborating with other students who share the same passions.
Unity College hosted the wonderful event and other participating schools included: Siena Catholic Primary School, Siena Catholic College, Stella Maris Primary School, St John’s College, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Teresa’s Catholic College, St Thomas More Primary School and Sunshine Beach St Eugene College.
Music improves my confidence and makes me a happier person. — Cais Zwolsman
SINGERS: Unity College and St Thomas More students come together.
Jonathon Welch conducts the combined choir.
Tom, Joseph, Mia, Augustine, Ava, Georgia and Juliana.