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Cairns High continues to strike the right notes for regional music



Cairns State High School Orchestra, led by Conductor Jon Christodoulides, has returned from the Fanfare State Finals in Brisbane. Eleven selected ensembles participated in the state festival held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from Wednesday 6 August to Friday 8 August. 



Mrs Angela Toppin, Cairns High Principal made a special trip down after hearing the orchestra had been selected as a Grand Finalist.


“I was most impressed with their outstanding performances and I’m very proud of our talented students”, commented Mrs Toppin. Only five ensembles were selected to perform at the Grand Final concert on Friday 8 August in the Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.


More than 830 state schools performed in the Fanfare 2014 regional festivals this year. Cairns State High School is extremely honoured to be among the top five in the state. This result is a credit to the Music Teachers of Cairns High as well as the expert tutelage by Conductor Jon Christodoulides, Director of Strings Simon McMenamin and Music Coordinator Lizanne Smith.


 “This is the 12th time in 24 years that the Cairns State High School Orchestra has been in the finals of Fanfare and the Orchestra has been the grand finalist winner five times. Competing at such a high level has been a wonderful experience for our Music students”, commented Ms Smith.


Cairns State High School continues to uphold its reputation of excellence in Music.  To experience performances by the up and coming Music Excellence students the Cairns community is invited to the Cairns High Junior Music Evening. The event will be held on Wednesday 27 August at Crosswell Hall from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Tickets are available at the door and cost is $5 per student, $10 per adult and $20 per family (2 adults and 2 student age children). Come along to witness the up and coming musical talent of our community.

An article was published in The Cairns Post on 03.09.2014.