|28 Jun 2021|
Nothing quite compares to a Loreto Normanhurst Music Festival. You truly have to see it to believe it!
In advance of the 2021 Music Festival, some of our alumnae shared fond memories of Music Festivals past, held in the Town Hall, State Sports Centre, and even our very own Deirdre Rofe Centre, which was the School Hall at the time. Among the highlights, we heard about the Boarder Choir singing Bohemian Rhapsody in 1984, and a gospel choir version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For in 1990!
Sr Deirdre Rofe IBVM OAM wrote of the first official Music Festival in 1972, "everyone who took part in it showed earnestness and thoroughness in preparation, excitement and enthusiasm in performance. It was one of the happiest musical evenings I have ever known."
And 2021 was no different.
This year, we were delighted to return to the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour for a spectacle that was bigger and better than ever.
In the first half of the evening, audiences were treated to a lovely variety of performances, ranging from a full orchestra to a marimba solo and dance to Lady Gaga. The Boarder Choir, led by boarders Jordyn and Laura, tugged on many a heart string with their rendition of Home, by Phillip Phillips. The Primary School Choir also raised the roof with Bruno Mars' Count on Me, a lovely introduction to the choral festivities that were to follow in Act Two.
A far cry from the Couch Choirs of 2020, though just as joy-filled, this year's House Choirs proved their mettle by tackling favourites that paid homage to the Beatles, Bon Jovi and beyond. A special congratulations to Mornane House, named Best Choir for their performance of High Hopes, and to their conductor, Madeleine, who was named Best Conductor. Congratulations also to Monica from Barry, who was named Best Accompanist, and to Mulhall House for winning the Spirit Cup.
Thanks to all our families and community members who supported students and staff by attending the event and adhering to COVID-safe protocol. We're lucky to have been able to celebrate with so many of you.
Please enjoy some of the photos from the event below.
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