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Students to shine in music festival

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Over 50 artists and 21 ensembles have been selected to feature in the 122nd annual Adelaide Festival of Music happening from 12 to 17 September at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Selected by an audition panel the students will join artists from over 250 public primary schools to showcase the bounty of talent SA students have to offer in the performing arts.

This year’s festival will have 6 performances with 950 student choirs at each performance, 2 orchestras with 40 members each and 2 dance/drama troupes, each consisting of 32 students.

Regional areas of the state will also have their own Festival of Music from August through until November which will cater to a further 2200 students.


Starting in 1891 as the Thousand Voice Choir, the program has been an integral part of the South Australian life and stands as an official state icon.

The festival is a joint venture between the SA Public Primary Schools’ Music Society and the Education Department.

Quotes attributable to Manager, DECD Music Programs Matt Delany

We have a fantastic selection of artists and ensembles that will be performing in this year’s event and I highly recommend everyone coming along to witness first-hand the talent our schools have to offer.

Participating in the festival helps spark young people’s imagination and often ignites a lifetime passion for performance and music, with some of the feature artists gaining qualifications and careers in their respective areas.

One artist from the 1951 program continued their music studies within and beyond school and ended up spending 47 years as a violinist in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Download the media release (PDF 335KB) for a list of assisting artists.