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Young vocalist pays tribute at Port Arthur

SIXTEEN-year-old Hannah Swindon, of Lindisfarne, joined renowned Australian opera singer Amelia Farrugia to honour the victims of the 1996 Port Arthur tragedy at a special ceremony in April.

The year 11 student at St Michael’s Collegiate School learned she was performing with Ms Farrugia at the 20-year commemorative service, at “the very last minute”.

Hannah memorised the words to ‘Pie Jesu’ in just an hour before the service was due to broadcast live on national television.

“When I was asked to sing Pie Jesu with Amelia Farrugia, I was both extremely nervous but also very excited to perform with someone as professional and talented as her,” Hannah said.

“Standing on stage, I looked at the people in the audience and their encouraging faces helped me to perform to the best of my abilities.”

Hannah said she did not know much about the history of the events that occurred at Port Arthur 20 years ago, but since singing at the service she now understood more about how much pain was caused and how much pain people were still going through.

“It was a solemn, but beautiful service filled with support and comfort for those who lost loved ones,” Hannah said.

Hannah sings with the group Collegiate Singers, which was the feature vocal performance at the Port Arthur commemorative service.

“I was so proud of all the Collegiate Singers for the way we presented and performed,” Hannah said.

“I know all of the girls felt proud to represent our school at such an important event,” she said.

A talented vocalist, Hannah is studying in a University of Tasmania college music program, majoring in Voice, alongside her year 11 academic commitments.

She is classically trained but enjoys singing in a wide range of styles, has extensive vocal experience and has featured in a range of local performances.

Caption: Lindisfarne local Hannah Swindon, left, joined renowned opera singer Amelia Farrugia in a performance at the Port Arthur 20-year commemorative service.