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Morgan Street sing to the beat

Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

TITLE HOLDERS: Morgan Street music teacher Sanny Dougherty leads the children in choir practice. TITLE HOLDERS: Morgan Street music teacher Sanny Dougherty leads the children in choir practice.

By Kurtis Eichler

 The primary choir winners at last year’s Eisteddfod are ready to defend their title at this month’s event.

Morgan Street Public School’s primary choir, led by music teacher Sanny Dougherty, will be up against six other choirs at the Eisteddfod.

Mrs Dougherty said the students, ranging in age from eight to 12, will sing ‘My Country’ and ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.’

“They look forward to it,” she said.

“They’re a dedicated group of singers who enjoy learning diverse songs and working on their technique.”

Eisteddfod spokeswoman, Merrilyn Podnar, a former primary choir singer herself, said this year’s nomination numbers were good overall but some events had attracted fewer entrants.

“The choral and piano sections are still as popular as ever,” she said.

“Instrumental has dropped right off.”

Mrs Podnar said the exception to this was the piano competition which had attracted 35 pianists from Mildura.

“The piano’s really picked up with the Mildura people coming,” she said.

Mrs Podnar asked anyone with queries about the event to contact her on 8087 7633.

The 42nd annual Eisteddfod starts on August 20 and ends on the 27th.

 

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