What a wonderful, successful start to the beginning of the Commemorative Youth Choir for the Kangaroo March. This was the first practice of the first "mob", held in the Carrington Room of the Mittagong RSL on Saturday, the 21st June. At 1pm the children, parents, friends and interested folk began to arrive.
After registering, the children and adults alike participated in the activities set up all around the room.
There was a real air of excitement as families went and played 1914 games; dad showing his children how to play the game of Jacks. Others played musical games, dressed up in the period clothes with photos at the Photo Booth. There was an interactive table of war memorabilia and the Kangaroo March information table.
At the beginning of proceedings the Highlands Pipes and Drums piped the Guests into the room, then we were favoured by their performance along with the first ever public performance of their new young recruits.
The Showcase Choir performed the song, "Diduno?" and the audience sang along with "Pack up Your Troubles" and "It's a Long Way..."
The Honourable, Charlie Lynn (Secretary to Minister of Veteran Affairs), addressed the audience and encouraged all with the wonderful initiative of the Youth Choir.
A video of the places that the Showcase Choir has already sung was shown with the Patron of the Kangaroo March, Dr. Brendan Nelson, commending the Choir initiative.
The children in the choir were encouraged (via video) by Lee Kernaghan who said he will be singing with them at some time. Colin Bucchanan also gave a message of encouragement.
The highlight of the afternoon was hearing 35 children sing the Theme Song, "Young and Free" composed by OJ Rushton especially for the Centenary of Anzac. Under OJ's direction, leadership and conducting, it was amazing to hear the children perform the song in three-part harmony, with half an hours practise and with most of the children seeing the song for the first time.
A big congratulations to the children who worked so diligently and a big thank you to all who helped make the first practice such a success. Thank you also to all who attended and showed interest and support, especially to Stephen Spence and the support of the Mittagong RSL Sub Branch.
Thanks also to the Mittagong RSL Club for their continued support and use of the Carrington Room.
The Mittagong Mob has been successfully established and we welcome new members. Click here for our next practice dates.
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