More than 450 Catholic high school students to perform in DIOSOUNDS music festival

On Thursday 13th June at 6.30pm, more than 450 school students representing eleven Catholic High Schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, will take part in the annual DIOSOUNDS music festival at the Civic Theatre Newcastle.


DIOSOUNDS is an initiative of the Catholic Schools of Maitland-Newcastle and showcases the incredible musical talents and skills of students ranging in age from 12 to 18 years. 


Now in its sixth year, individuals, small ensembles, choirs and concert bands from all across the diocese, will take to the stage with a wide variety of performance items from Contemporary Rock to serious Art Music.


DIOSOUNDS will also include a matinee performance along with the evening performance. The matinee performance will serve as a dress rehearsal and will entertain more than 900 Catholic Primary School students coming from all across the diocese, eager to be involved and looking to be inspired by the musical talents of their older peers.


DIOSOUNDS Director and teacher at St Mary’s High School, Gateshead, Mr Stephen Walter, said the event provides a unique experience for students, parents, friends and the whole community to see for themselves, the range of talent coming from Catholic Schools in the Hunter and Manning regions.


“All our schools celebrate the joy of life that can be attained through making music,” Mr Walter said.


“The students look forward to DIOSOUNDS every year,” he said. “Not only is it such a high quality production, it is also a chance to renew acquaintances established in previous years. While all the performers have worked tirelessly to prepare their items, they also love seeing the creativity and talent of each of the other Catholic secondary schools.”


Schools performing and taking part in DIOSOUNDS include St Mary’s High School Gateshead, St Pius X High School Adamstown, San Clemente High School Mayfield, St Paul’s High School Booragul, St Francis Xavier’s College Hamilton, All Saints College St Peter’s Campus Maitland, All Saints College St Mary’s Campus Maitland, All Saints College St Joseph’s Campus Lochinvar, St Catherine’s College Singleton, St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen and St Clare’s High School Taree.


Music and performing arts is a highly valued part of the education offered by Catholic Schools in the Hunter and Manning region. DIOSOUNDS promotes the performing arts offered in Catholic Schools. The whole community is invited and encouraged to attend the evening performance to enjoy the musical and production talents of young people in the diocese.


The evening performance will start at 6.30pm Thursday 13th June 2013 at the Civic Theatre, Hunter Street, Newcastle.


Tickets are available through Ticketek and limited tickets will also be available on the night at the door. Adults $28, students $15.


Media opportunity

To arrange a photo or interview with students or teachers taking part in DIOSOUNDS from your local area and for all other media enquiries, please contact Communications Manager Emma Blackford, on 0419 263 901.