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Choir girls mesmerise Hidden Paradise audience

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THE Melbourne Star of the Sea College Stacella Choir ended its week in Fiji with a spectacular concert at Daku Resort on Monday evening.

The community turned up in large numbers despite the bad weather and was treated to a selection of songs from around the world.

The Savusavu crowd was entertained with a selection of songs ranging from African marching songs, American spirituals, and even hymns in Fijian.

The college's head of music, Larissa Cairns, said it was a wonderful week for the girls and they learnt so much, especially about the Fijian people.

"We would like to thank our music teacher Rachel Hore who is a fantastic teacher and her knowledge of Fiji has enabled us to really appreciate all it has to offer," said Mrs Cairns.

"We are all going away feeling as a part of an extended Fijian family."

MSCC music teacher Rachel Hore, who is on her 10th visit, said teaching the group was a pleasure.

"They are an exceptional group of young women and I was immensely proud of them. They worked hard during the week and the concert they put on was a tribute to their talent," she said.

"The girls were delighted at the way the audience responded to the songs, especially the way they broke into applause for solos."

Soloist Dana Clarke said they did not receive that sort of reception back home and it was just wonderful. The choir ended the concert with a rendition of the popular traditional Isa Lei which spoke volumes of the happy days the girls spent in Savusavu.


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