Combined choir to raise voices and funds for sick kids

Expect big and beautiful noise when the final annual concert in a 20-year series to support The Children’s Hospital at Westmead takes place on Sunday.

Hills-based performers will be among the more than 800 voices from NSW primary, high school, and adult choirs to sing at Sydney’s Town Hall in a bid to raise $20,000 to help purchase 150 syringe pumps for the hospital.

The syringes cost $3500 each and are needed to deliver patients’ medication.

Musical director Mal Hewitt also conducts the TOPS orchestra which will accompany the choirs.

He said the orchestra of voluntary performers would have just two rehearsals prior to the event.

‘‘The orchestra is to enjoy playing great music and to raise funds for organisations that need it,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re all very good players. A lot of professional musicians join in.

‘‘One of the unique features of this concert is that the youngest performer will be five, the oldest 85.’’

The James Ruse Agricultural High School Jazz Vocal Ensemble will perform a traditional arrangement by Edwin Ferguson. 

Pupils from St Bernadette’s Castle Hill are part of the combined primary school choir which will sing African and Israeli folk songs, among others.

The secondary and adult performers will sing excerpts from West Side Story and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The concert is at Sydney Town Hall, on Sunday, October 21 at 7pm.

Tickets are available at the Town Hall door from 6pm and cost $35 for adults, $25 concession or $100 for a family of two adults and two children.

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