MEGA GALLERY: DioSounds 2016

Diocesan secondary schools celebrated 10 years of DioSounds last Thursday, 2 June, at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre.

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

One: Bono

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.

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Alyssa Faith was the Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2016 - 2017 and a regular contributor to Aurora and