Good Day SunshineFour of our ACMF teachers (professional musicians Mark Grunden, Bronwyn Calcutt, Simone Lang and Phil Collings) who run weekly music programs in five schools in the Sunshine area of Melbourne have joined forces to put on a combined concert with performances from each of their schools.

The Good Day Sunshine Combined Schools Concert will take place at the Deakin Edge Performance space at Federation Square on June 25th.  Fifty children from each school – Albion, Albion North, Ardeer, Sunshine Harvester and Dinjerra Primary – will sing, play musical instruments and drum, joined by the Seaford Park Primary School choir in a special guest appearance.  The concert will provide a great opportunity for the schools, the students and their community to come together and share in the students’ musical abilities.

The schools are all in low-socio economic areas, with a very high percentage of culturally and linguistically diverse students including many refugees – for example Sunshine Harvester Primary has a total of 440 students from 33 different countries, predominantly Asia and Africa, who speak 45 different languages.  Up to 80% of the students at these schools speak a language other than English at home.  Some of them have never been to the centre of Melbourne before.

There will also be a performance by the Massive Hip Hop Choir a wonderful multicultural group of young people from the western suburbs of Melbourne, including some from the Sunshine area, who have been performing together for several years to great acclaim.  Our ACMF teachers believe the success of this group will be inspirational for their students.

Our thanks to Federation Square who have offered us 100% discount for the cost of the venue space, to our funders who will cover the other associated costs, and to the schools themselves who are contributing towards the cost of the Massive Hip Hop Choir.   It’s going to be a terrific day!

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Albion Primary with ACMF music teacher Phil Collings enjoying the djembe drums.