Ukuleles join the music festival fun
Ukuleles join the music festival fun

Musicians of all ages are busy polishing up the pieces of music they will be performing at the 41st annual Esperance music festival, starting Thursday.

A large variety of instruments will be played during the three-day event, ranging from the traditional pianos, string and brass instruments to the new sounds of marimbas and ukuleles.

There will also be a lot of singing, with school choirs and local singing groups and bands filling the civic centre with the sounds of music. Among the newcomers this year is a class of Year 2 and 3 students from the Nulsen Primary School performing two songs on ukuleles.

The school has also entered a junior and senior choir and three classes of Year 6 and 7 students singing some junkadelic stomp compositions they created themselves based on the themes of rainforests, oceans and junk rhythm using everyday items to make some sounds.

Music teacher Bernadine Bourke said the children had enjoyed preparing for the festival and were excited and nervous about performing in front of the community. She said the festival was an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate three days of music.

The festival starts with some junior piano solos at 9am on Thursday and finishes with a marimba mash on Saturday night.

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