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Primary Schools' Festival of Music

Friday, September 13, 2019

About 6,000 students from more than 250 schools will be performing in the 128th Primary Schools’ Festival of Music from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 21 September.

Every day 460 students from across the state will travel to The Adelaide Festival Theatre to be part of a mass choir that will perform 15 songs across the evening.

The 2019 Commissioned Work, composed by Robyn Habel, features 5 songs around the Sister Cities of Adelaide; Austin Texas, Georgetown Malaysia, Christchurch New Zealand, Himeji Japan, and Qingdao China. The songs are brought together through the concept of pen pals writing to one another about their home towns.

Accompanying the choir will be student hosts, a 30 piece student orchestra, and a 24 student dance troupe.

The program reaches thousands of primary and secondary children annually and allows children opportunities to perform at prestigious venues. 

Regional festivals also occur at various locations in South Australia from July through to November.


The Festival of Music is a school based music education program delivered by the SA Public Primary Schools' Music Society and the Department for Education.

Originating as the Thousand Voice Choir in 1891, the program has been an integral part of South Australian life and stands as an official State Icon.  

Quotes attributable to Executive Director, Partnerships, Schools and Preschools, Anne Millard

This is the pinnacle of the festival’s working year where hours of hard work and weekly rehearsals will come to fruition.

The Festival of Music’s strong history represents South Australia’s ongoing passion for music and music education.

I encourage everyone to head along and experience the musical talent our students have to offer.