From 14-19 August, our Gabriel Singers travelled to Hobart, Tasmania to join five other schools in celebrating the foundation of the Gabriel Sisters of the Church. It was an incredible experience filled with beautiful music, performances and new friends.
After an evening arrival in Hobart, students were introduced to their billet families as well as other participating students from all around Australia. Choir rehearsals started early the next morning and continued throughout the week. The girls worked extremely hard which was evident by the quality of the concert on Saturday evening.
As well as performing in the combined choir, the Gabriel Singers individually performed three songs, The Man and the Striped Shark, I Will Sing with the Spirit and The Rabbits. Despite being the smallest group, many people commented on the quality and success of their performance, for which the girls should be commended. In the combined choir pieces, many of the CGGS students also had solos. The blend of voices, as well as the range of repertoire and styles covered by the girls who had never sung together before, was phenomenal.
Along with the concert, some of the highlights of the trip included attending a musical called Emily, written and performed by Perth College. It told the story of Mother Emily, a nun who was largely responsible for the foundation of all the participating schools. On Friday, the girls went to the summit of Mt Wellington where they were able to enjoy the spectacular view, hot chocolates and snowball fights. The following morning many of the girls were taken by their host families to the Salamanca Markets, an incredible experience.
The trip was a huge success that wouldn’t have possible without the Gabriel Singers’ conductor, Mrs Harvey-Martin, and Mr Copeland who accompanied the girls throughout the week. We were very excited to hear that our school will be hosting the Sisters of the Church Music Festival in 2020 and hope that it will be as a rewarding experience as this one was.