Impromptu performance for Antarctic Festival

LOCAL residents and tourists were delighted by an impromptu performance at Hobart International Airport from visiting grade four, five and six students from Shore Preparatory School in Sydney.

The students were visiting Tasmania to perform at the Australian Antarctic Festival on 4 August at St David’s Cathedral.

The 41 visiting students are part of the school’s junior chapel choir and have been practising their performance for the Antarctic Festival for months.

The performance told local festival-goers the story of Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

The work has been performed a number of times over the years, most notably in 1998 in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra.

This was the first time the performance had been performed in Tasmania.

David Jensen, the director of Music at Shore Preparatory School, co-wrote the performance with author David Burke and arranged for it to be performed by a two-part treble choir, narrator and soloists.

Mr Jensen said the students were particularly excited to be in Hobart and to have the opportunity to see the Antarctic Festival.

He said the students had been learning about Captain Scott’s expeditions in school classes and through performance practises.

While here, the students engaged and saw many local Hobart attractions related to the festival.

“The boys are going to tour the Investigator Ship, the CSIRO’s ship and also going to see the C17 Globemaster,” Mr Jensen said.

The Australian Antarctic Festival was held in Hobart from 2 to 5 August.

Alongside the performance of Great Scott! from the students, the festival program included public tours of the RAAF Globemaster C-17A aircraft, RSV Investigator, a Phillip Law lecture, and a photography competition.

Caption: The boys from Shore Preparatory School in Sydney performed spontaneously upon arrival in Hobart, much to the delight of onlooking travellers.