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Cantabile Music Festival

The Cantabile Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates the musical achievements of over 1000 students from public schools throughout Metropolitan South, Metropolitan South and West, Regional South and beyond. 

The festival showcases the choral skills of 700 primary school students from Year 3 to Year 6 who sing together as part of the festival’s Combined Primary School Choir. It highlights the musical talents of many primary and secondary students who perform in the orchestras, stage bands, small group items, ensembles or as accompanists to the choir. The festival’s repertoire reflects a wide range of genres ranging from classical to contemporary musical pieces.

Schools accepted into the choral component of the festival receive all music and professional development.

The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

2021 dates

Activity for this program is postponed to support efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

Teacher workshop

Successful schools are required to attend a teacher workshop to learn the repertoire for the concert. 

The workshop will be held on 
Thursday 6 May 2021 (Term 2 Week 3)
from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Teacher workshop venue

Haberfield Public School
Bland Street
Haberfield NSW 2045

Combined choir rehearsal

Participating schools are required to attend a combined choir rehearsal on 
Tuesday 27 July 2021 (Term 3 Week 3)
from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

Combined choir rehearsal venue

Sydney Congress Hall
140 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Performance venue

Sydney Town Hall 
483 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000


Kate Walters – Festival coordinator
Email: kate.walters4@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0416 085 137

Michelle Murphy – Arts Coordination Officer
Email: michelle.murphy3@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9408 8920