On October 27 Sydney Town Hall will host Celebration Sing Out! when 800 voices from primary and high schools and adult community choirs, along with a 100-piece orchestra and the grand organ will join together in a performance of great choral music.
All proceeds will go to the Music Therapy Unit at Westmead Children's Hospital, where there is daily demonstration of the power of music to comfort and heal, especially children with extended hospital stays.
The NSW government does not fund music therapy, but the funds raised by Celebration Sing Out over the past 3 years (more than $100,000) have enabled the unit to employ an additional therapist and expand the program.
Young singers from Mountains schools have spent many hours in rehearsal learning all the songs, and will come together on concert weekend under the batons of Gwen Blackwell, Mal Hewitt and Brett Weymark (director, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs).
Schools taking part will be Ellison, Faulconbridge, Kingswood, Katoomba, Leonay, Mt. Riverview, Penrith, Wentworth Falls Public Schools, and Blaxland High Schools. Blaxland High Senior Vocal Ensemble will be featured, singing a medley of African songs.
Audience participation is a feature of Celebration Sing Out, joining the massed choirs in You'll Never Walk Alone, John Farnham's You're the Voice and O Come All Ye Faithful. To be part of a healing musical experience and to support the cause of music therapy for children, visit the website csme.org.au/celebration and click on Celebration Sing Out - tickets or on Eventbrite.