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The Catholic Schools Office
and the secondary schools
of the Diocese of Maitland-
Newcastle are grateful to
Newcastle City Council
for its sponsorship of Dio
Sounds 2011 and to The
Drum Shop and Muso's
Corner, 1 National Park
St Newcastle West, for
generously supplying drums
and sound equipment.
Photography courtesy of
all fired up
NEWCASTLE S CIVIC THEATRE was alive
with the sounds of young voices, a
panoply of instruments and dancing feet as
the secondary schools of the Diocese of
Maitland-Newcastle presented Dio Sounds
2011 early in June.
This was the fourth annual event, eagerly
anticipated by talented students and their
teachers from Aberdeen to Adamstown.
The element of fire - a traditional symbol for
the Holy Spirit -- appeared in various guises
throughout the event.
The highlight was undoubtedly the depth
and breadth of talent on show. Not only
guitars and drums were played, but
bagpipes and cello. Composers ranged
from Mendelssohn to Mancini, from Lennon
and McCartney to Nicholas O'Brien -- a Year
12 student at St Francis Xavier's College,
whose "Railway Refrain" was performed
a capella by the school choir.
A lively excerpt from the musical Guys
and Dolls was presented by St Peter's
Campus Maitland, showcasing the full-scale
production the school has since staged.
Dominic Lacey of St Catherine's College
Singleton was an engaging compere and of
course, the success of the event was due
to the gifts of all the vocalists, dancers and
instrumentalists and their teachers and
parents who support their endeavours.
The passion of Director of Schools Ray
Collins for providing opportunities for
students to develop their creativity - and to
love doing so -- is finding new expression
in the newly established Performing
Committee Chair, Assistant Director Craig
Wattam, says, "We are currently planning
a Creative and Performing Arts program for
talented students in our diocese to come
together to further develop and express
their creativity with like-minded peers. The
project will culminate in a performance
experience combining instrumental, choral,
drama and dance ensembles. We hope
to provide students with the opportunity
to work with industry experts and to
experience the buzz of performing in a
professional venue. We have so many
talented students in the creative and
performing arts in our diocese. This project
is one way that we can support them and
celebrate their gifts."
Aurora looks forward to reporting the
St Peter's Maitland
Compere Dominic Lacey of St Catherine's
Singleton with Director of Schools Ray Collins.
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