Inaugural Western Region Sacred Music Concert

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14 May 2018

Last Thursday, schools from the Western Region of Melbourne came together to present a Sacred Music Concert. An initiative of Thomas Carr College, Tarneit, the Sacred Music Concert was designed to bring schools within the region together as a Catholic community and to celebrate their Catholic identity.
Choirs from Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook, Catholic Regional College, Caroline Springs, Marian College, Sunshine West, Mount St Joseph Girls' College, Altona, Sacred Heart College, Geelong, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Tarneit, and Thomas Carr College performed on the night.
The schools came together at the beginning of evening to sing the Siyahamba, a South African Folk song that become popular in the 1990s as a Christian Hymn, and Your Grace Still Amazes Me, a modern song of praise that become popular at the 2006 and 2009 Carols By Candlelight.
Throughout the evening, the audience heard beautiful renditions of songs such as:
  • Still by Reuben Morgan
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow by C G Martin & Charles H Gabriel
  • Joyful Joyful from Sister Act
  • Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah
  • He, Watching Over Israel from Elijah
  • I Sing Because I’m Happy by C G Martin & Charles H Gabriel
  • Meet me in the Middle of the Air by Paul Kelly
  • God be in my Head by Everett Reed
  • Sacred Head Sore Wounded by Hans Leo Hassler and J S Branch.
Tenor Michael Lapina, member of the Thomas Carr College Board of Management and father of three Thomas Carr College choir members, performed a moving rendirendition of The Lord’s Prayer. Michael has been engaged with many of Australia’s leading opera houses to perform some of the most coveted tenor roles in the operatic repertoire. It was a privilege to watch such a beautiful performance. 
Towards the end of the evening, the schools came together again to sing Gloria from Vivaldi Gloria and The Hallelujah Chorus. The finale of the Hallelujah Chorus received a standing ovation from the audience.
The concert was performed in the Fr Moran Performing Arts Centre at Thomas Carr College. This state of the art theatre was opened in late 2017. The staff and students of the schools involved should be commended on their preparations and performances at this Inaugural Concert; it was a truly magical evening for all.