Anakie choir hits high note

The Anakie State School choir with singing coach Le-Anne Cowell.
The Anakie State School choir with singing coach Le-Anne Cowell.

ANAKIE State School’s little singing angels created a big impression at the Central Highlands Schools Eisteddfod.

Singing coach Le-Anne Cowell said she was thrilled with her charges who came home with three firsts, two seconds and two thirds from choral and individual performances in Clermont last week.

With school uniforms given a costume makeover by Le-Anne and husband Brad, the choir performed Panis Angelicus and the more upbeat Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy for a second place behind a 40-strong choral entry from Springsure’s Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the small school choir’s section.

“We had 12 children ranging in age from five to 12 years, and they were so cute, dressed in the little uniforms my husband helped to make,” Mrs Cowell enthused.

“They did sing wonderfully, and they were so well behaved.

“Being such a big event, with all the schools there, it was intimidating… but they held their own and were just wonderful. I just kept saying to the kids its okay, you did really well.

“Some of the parents came along too, and everyone had a good time.”

Mrs Cowell said the choir met at lunchtime twice a week, and had learned their song choices in a term.

“I’m really proud of the way the children grasped the languages, like Latin for Panis Angelicus, and those who sang solos learned their songs in two weeks and performed amazingly,” she said.

“They’re just very smart kids and they’re from the Gemfields.

“I think wow, they’re not full of themselves and so clever.

“They don’t know how good they are and that’s what makes them special and incredibly easy to teach.”

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