Nick Craig and Henry Hutchinson from Winmalee High perform at Schools Spectacular, Olympic Park

For 17-year-old Winmalee High School captain Nick Craig it’s “an awesome way to finish off the year”.

Nick, and school vice captain, Henry Hutchinson, also 17, are participating in this year’s Schools Spectacular, recognised as the world’s largest amateur variety act .

“It’s such an awesome way to finish off the year and such a learning experience under the baton of Steve Williams. I did it back in 2016, but this is Henry’s first time and he’s very excited.”

Big crowd: Henry Hutchinson joins as a bass trombonist and Nick Craig will play percussion at the Schools Spectacular.

Big crowd: Henry Hutchinson joins as a bass trombonist and Nick Craig will play percussion at the Schools Spectacular.

The two talented musicians will join an elite band of some of the state’s most accomplished musicians in this year’s event.

“I just love the vibe of it,” Nick said. “There’s so much energy, thousands of kids and if feels great to represent the public school system, it’s just an amazing show.”

Nick plays percussion and Henry Hutchinson is a bass trombonist in the  event’s symphony orchestra.

“I’ve been playing drums since I was 11,” Nick said.

“For the past two years Henry and I have been involved with the arts unit ensemble. Steve Williams conducts the jazz orchestra and conducts Henry’s band sometimes.”

Schools Spectacular creative director Sonja Sjolander said being selected into the symphony orchestra or the stage band was an unparalleled opportunity for student musicians.

“These remarkable young musicians agree that they grow so much from the experience,” Ms Sjolander said.

“They will be under the baton and guidance of highly experienced conductor, Steve Williams who is recognised internationally for what he achieves with student musicians.

This year’s Schools Spectacular will be staged in Sydney’s Olympic Park over four shows on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24.

Nick said it was one step on his journey to making music his profession.

“My dream is to become a music producer, mixing engineer and a sessions drummer,” he said.

The musicians in the symphony orchestra and stage band will join 40 featured performers, a 2,700-voice choir, 2,300 dancers, the D’Arts Ensemble disability program, the Aboriginal Dance Company, puppets and an indispensable behind-the-scenes team.

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