Murray Farm Public School's string ensemble hit all the right notes at the Penrith Eisteddfod.
Pupils from kindergarten to year 6 of all abilities played their violins together in the unique ensemble, and won both their section in the competition and the Margaret Maclean Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding performance of the day.
The judges awarded the ensemble a mark of 97 for its rendition of Chariots of Fire and an excerpt from Pachebel's Canon in D Major.
The string group — which has grown from 10 pupils to 26 in one year — is co-ordinated by parents Cindy Leung and Jennie Chow, and tutored by John Philip.
"They are a very committed group and practise diligently," Mrs Leung said.
"We don't divide them into different abilities like other ensembles which have junior, intermediate or senior groups.
"We think it's good for the little ones to learn from the advanced students and for the older students to show leadership."
Mrs Leung said the eisteddfod was the ensemble's first since it reformed in 2010.
Though the awards were a welcome surprise, Mrs Leung said there was an emphasis on learning and teamwork over competition.
‘‘To cater for the great variance in our ensemble, we tailor music for our students to play,’’ she said.
‘‘We write new music and rearrange well-known tunes according to the ability of individual members.’’
Year 6 pupil Hayman Siu, 11, said he enjoyed being part of the ensemble.
‘‘We learn new music, make new friends and learn different techniques to play together,’’ he said.
School captain Ashleigh NcNee, 11, said the ensemble did really well.
‘‘We all came together as a group,’’ she said.
‘‘We just listened to each other.’’