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Title Artscape: Seriously Singing
Published Australia : ABC, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (26 min. 30 sec.) ; 153003771 bytes
Summary At a small school in the Victorian Mallee, indefatigable 91-year-old choral conductor Jessie Carmichael works with a group of novice singers to revisit a legendary moment in local history. Almost 60 years ago, Carmichael took a group of children from the Lake Boga Primary School who "couldn't tell a crotchet from an aniseed ball" on to win national acclaim at the Commonwealth Jubilee Choral Festival. Local sceptics were amazed when the choir were flown specially to Melbourne to perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in an event broadcast nationally by the ABC. As the only country choir selected to take part in the Jubilee event, Lake Boga Primary School became the pride of the district and an inspiration to children and rural communities across Australia. Looking back on this momentous event, the once young choristers now in their 60s and 70s recall a revelatory experience. In the words of one chorister, "It gave us the confidence to know that we could be as good as anyone, that nothing was beyond us...".Carmichael remains passionate about the value of music in education and the potential of singing to stimulate and inspire young minds. Approaching her new charges at Lake Boga, she demands extreme effort and attention to detail, ensuring that every word of a song is properly understood and given due meaning. Seriously Singing is about the surprising resonance of history and the capacity of young singers to exceed all expectations, including their own.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Seriously Singing is a Malcolm McKinnon Production. ABC TV Head of Arts & Entertainment: Amanda Duthie
Event Broadcast 2011-08-09 at 22:05:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Choirs (Music) -- Social aspects.
Choirs (Music) -- Study and teaching.
Local history.
Music in education.
Victoria -- Lake Boga.
Victoria -- Melbourne.
Form Streaming video
Author Allen, Judy, contributor
Barrett, Margaret, contributor
Bradford, Kath, contributor
Brown, Rachel, contributor
Bull, Ray, contributor
Carmichael, Jessie, contributor
Denham, Bianca, contributor
Fox, Sam, contributor
Gerrard, Caley, contributor
Gill, Richard, contributor
Howe, Pat, contributor
Lindsay, Grace, contributor
McLachlan, Neil, contributor
Menzies, Robert, contributor
Oxley, Chloe, contributor
Peterson, Shirley, contributor
Saul, Barbara, contributor
Squires, Kayne, contributor
Triffet, Aaron, contributor
Vallance, Janette, contributor