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BHPS to rock at Stones tribute

Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

Broken Hill Public School Primary Choir members (back row) Maddison Bassett-White, Aurelia Guest, Zianna Chesterfield, Fairlen Standley and Halo Hendry. (Front row) Madalyn French, Zali Beattie, Brock Ray, Lilli Lawson and Harriet Brealey. Broken Hill Public School Primary Choir members (back row) Maddison Bassett-White, Aurelia Guest, Zianna Chesterfield, Fairlen Standley and Halo Hendry. (Front row) Madalyn French, Zali Beattie, Brock Ray, Lilli Lawson and Harriet Brealey.

By Nick Gibbs

A group of local students will have the chance to immerse themselves in musical history as they prepare to perform in the “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll” Rolling Stones tribute show next month.

The Broken Hill Public School was approached by the show’s management to have their choir feature during the iconic song, You Can’t Always Get What Want.

Teacher and Choir Coordinator Airlie Wood said rehearsals were showing promise for what is proving to be a challenging number.

“It’s a very, very difficult song,” she said.

“After about three weeks it started to sound amazing.”

Over 100 students will be involved on the night with a lucky 26 having the opportunity to sing with microphones on stage.

Three students from Willyama High School will also feature in the performance which will be the choir’s first experience singing with a live band.

The show’s producer and lead guitarist Wayne Smith said schools were given an opportunity to perform as the tour winds its way from Broken Hill through regional South Australia.

“There’s a little bit of work involved, schools usually rehearse for about a month,” he said.

“It’s a great way for us to engage with the local community.”

Mr Smith said the band would help students stay relaxed before their performance in front of what will hopefully be a considerable crowd. 

“We make them feel comfortable, for the young kids it’s great, a real buzz,” he said.

“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be at the Broken Hill Civic Centre for one night only on Thursday, April 3.

For more information, phone the Broken Hill Civic Centre on 08 8080 3480 or visit www.brokenhillaustralia.com.au/event-calendar 

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