This year’s theme was “Music Through the Ages”, with each school selecting a decade and paying tribute to that era through music and dance. Students displayed their amazing talents and enjoyed being able to showcase their performances on the stage.
Over 900 primary students enjoyed the matinee performance and a record crowd, well over 1000, attended the evening performance.
“The performances get better and better every year,” said Carmel Tapley, Secondary Curriculum Education Officer, and one of the producers of DioSounds.
“I would like to acknowledge the music teachers and students for the amount of thought, time and creativity that went on behind the scenes that contributed to the production of such a polished show.
“Congratulations must also go to Michelle Burgess and her team for the massive amount of organisation that allows for the smooth running on the night,” Ms Tapley said.
Established in 2007 as a lunchtime concert at St Francis Xavier’s College hall, DioSounds has grown into a highly accomplished presentation of the performing arts by our students. It is also testament to the creative guidance of their teachers.
“Being the last Diosounds that I attend as Director of Schools, I want to express my deep appreciation of the talents that have been displayed in this theatre for the last nine years and a very special thank you to Carmel Tapley and the teachers in our schools who have nurtured these talented students,” said Ray Collins.
“The success of Diosounds is witnessed in the enthusiasm with which students and staff have embraced this wonderful expression of the performing arts,” Mr Collins said.
The music performed on the night was as follows:
St Francis Xavier Hamilton
No.11 - Jesu, Priceless Treaure: J.S. Bach
Ain’t She Sweet: Gene Austin
Basin Street Blues: Spencer Williams
St Joseph’s Aberdeen
Minnie the Moocher: Cab Calloway
Georgia on My Mind, Summertime, Blue Moon: Carmichael & Gorrell, Gerswhin, Rogers
Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen
St Pius X Adamstown
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: Andrew Sister
When You Wish Upon a Star: Harline & Washington
Grease is the Word: From the musical Grease
St Clare’s Taree
Looking for an Echo, Shout: Richard Reicheg, O.Isley, R. Isley, R. Isley
Bossa Antiqua: Paul Desmond
Blues Spring Shuffle: Kenny Durham
St Catherine’s Singleton
1960s Medley: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Paul Simon, James Brown, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond, Phil Medley & Bert Berns
St Paul’s Booragul
Jolene: Dolly Parton
Car Wash: Norman Whitfield
St Peter’s Maitland
Xanadu: Jeff Lynn
Raspberry Beret: Prince
You Give Love a Bad Name, Material Girl: Sambora, Child, Jovi Rans and Brown
St Joseph’s Lochinvar
Holy Grail: Mark Seymour, Jeremy Smith, Doug Falconer, John Archer, Barry Palmer, Michael Pamer, Michael Wtaers, Robert Miles, John Howard
These Days: Bernard Fanning, Jon Coghill, John Collins, Ian Haug, Darren Middleton
St Mary’s Gateshead
Can’t Get You Outta My Head: Cathy Dennis & Rob Davis
Straight Lines: Daniel Johns & Julian Hamilton
St Mary’s Maitland
Misty Mountains / I See Fire: Tolkien, Shore
Hunger Games Medley: Butler, Chassagne, Burnett, Collins, Fraites, Schultz, Arr. Wilson-Lambert
San Clemente Mayfield
Thick as Thieves: Mandagi, Aherne, Dundas, Greer, Gabriel
Hello: Adkins, Kurstin
Stitches: Parker, Geiger, Kyriankides
Photos courtesy of Sarah Adams, Alyssa Faith and Emma Blackford.