THREE of New England’s most gifted singers are set to do the region proud at this year’s Schools Spectacular.
Newcomer and Peel High School graduate Googoorewon Knox joins Schools Spectacular veterans Tamworth High School graduate Lane Sinclair and former Warialda High School student Benny Nelson for this year’s extravaganza to be held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Although Lane is embarking on her fourth Schools Spectacular, her first impression is still vivid.
“I was a member of the choir and the thing that struck me was the sound,” Lane said.
“There were all these kids just coming together and making the most beautiful sound.
“I thought ‘I just have to be part of this’.
“I was totally fixated on it and as soon as I got the opportunity I decided this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Lane and Benny have given Googoorewon valuable insight into the thrill of performing to the massive audience, which will total around 30,000 for the four shows on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30.
The singer who cut his teeth on rock and blues is having his musical horizons stretched at the SchoolsSpectacular.
As part of his repertoire, he will be performing in “language” Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s Gathu Mawula.
“It’s daunting at first,” Googoorewon said of the musical challenges that are part of the Schools Spectacular and the Talent Development Project.
“But once you realise that everyone is here to help you, it gets easier and easier.”
For Benny, who is currently furthering his career at Sydney’s Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School, leaving Warialda and the farm he grew up was not easy.
But Warialda still holds a special place in his heart.
“I almost felt bad moving away,” Benny revealed.
“I know, and I hope they know, Warialda will always be home for me as well.
“It was a very friendly place and they supported my music a lot.”