Fifty Churchie Music students recently toured the outback, spending time in the heartland of our boarding community—Longreach, Barcaldine, Emerald, Roma and Miles. As well as touching base with some of the boarding community via ABC regional radio, Churchie Music conducted several performances and workshops for local communities during the tour, exemplifying the service tenet of the School.
The performances were wonderfully received and included:
- a performance at a Longreach primary school
- a performance at a Longreach aged care facility
- performances at Ag-Grow in Emerald
- a collaborative workshop and subsequent performance with Emerald State High School.
During the tour, there were also ample opportunities to enjoy the outback attractions, including the Qantas Founders Museum, a stockman’s fireside meal with bush poetry and songs, a cruise for the senior boys down the Thompson River, gazing at the stars from a cattle station near Longreach and the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame.
Given the paucity of performance opportunities last year, it was great to see so many of our boys enjoying making music together.