GALLERY: Pitch perfect at Lochinvar

Yesterday’s Diocesan Choral Showcase filled the auditorium at St Joseph’s Campus, All Saints College (ASC), Lochinvar with the sound of sweet melodies and harmonies.   

Running for eight years, the Diocesan Choral Showcase provides an opportunity for diocesan secondary school choirs to perform and participate in some friendly competition. This year, six diocesan secondary schools performed a variety of hits including U2’s “Beautiful Day”, Adele’s “Hello” and Cold Chisel’s “Flame Trees”. The choirs were judged on their technical aspects, presentation and exemplifying Josephite charisms. 

ASC, St Joseph’s Campus walked away with the trophy for Most Outstanding Choir with renditions of Neil’s Finn’s “Don’t Dream it’s Over” and the Pentatonix hit, “Na Na Na”. St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton also received a special mention for their acapella performance of the traditional African song, “Freedom is Coming”.

St Joseph’s Campus teacher, Alicia Paterson, said the focus of the day was on the joy of singing. “The winners of the showcase walk away with a trophy. However, the focus in on creating a fun and supportive performance opportunity for students.”

The Showcase was followed by a sausage sizzle cooked by the St Joseph’s SRC and a choral workshop for students run by music theatre industry professional, Abigail Herman.

Performances by school:

ASC, St Peter’s Campus, Maitland

  • Amaryliss “Sweet Dreams” – Eurythmics
  • “Lover” – Sonia Dada

St Mary’s High School, Gateshead

  • “Life on Mars” – David Bowie
  • “Diamonds” – Sia

St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton

  • “Beautiful Day” – U2
  • “Freedom is Coming” – Traditional African song

ASC, St Joseph’s Campus, Lochinvar

  • “Don’t Dream it’s Over” – Neil Finn
  • “Na Na Na” – Pentatonix

San Clemente High School, Mayfield

  • “Hello” – Adele
  • “Fire & Flood” – Vance Joy

St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen

  • “Don’t Worry about Me” – Frances
  • “Flame Trees” – Cold Chisel

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Alyssa Faith

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