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Rockhampton Catholic Schools Gala Concert

20 July, 2021

The talents of students involved in the Rockhampton Catholic schools Instrumental Music Program was showcased before an appreciative full house at a Gala Concert held recently at the Pilbeam Theatre.

Parents and families applauded a range of performances from combined ensembles in String, Guitar, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Choir.

With close to 300 students from Year 4 to Year 12 involved the show creatively intertwined varying skill levels with older students playing and encouraging younger students, whilst also enjoying the spotlight themselves in the superb Symphony Orchestra finale.

Diocesan Director Catholic Education Leesa Jeffcoat congratulated the students from St Peters, St Joseph’s Wandal, St Paul’s Gracemere, St Joseph’s Park Avenue, St Anthony’s and St Mary’s Catholic Primary Schools, Emmaus College and The Cathedral College and their Instrumental Music teachers.

“Our Catholic schools are blessed with exceptionally gifted musicians and this Gala Concert was the perfect event to showcase their amazing talents. I would like to thank and congratulate all the extraordinarily gifted and dedicated music teachers in our Schools and Colleges who give so generously of their time and talent to foster in their students a lifelong love of music and to develop the skills they require to turn natural talent into outstanding musical performances,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

The Gala Concert was hosted by well-known Rockhampton performer Angelo Conway, himself a past ensemble member of the Rockhampton Catholic Schools Instrumental program who reminded the audience of the joy of performing.

“This Gala Concert is for the love of music.  There is no adjudication, no first, second or third placings but only the sheer joy of performing music for all to enjoy,” he said.