Barrington Public School choir take third place in the Taree and District Eisteddfod

Kate Radford and the Barrington Public School choir proudly show off their Taree and District Eisteddfod trophy and ribbons. Photo supplied
Kate Radford and the Barrington Public School choir proudly show off their Taree and District Eisteddfod trophy and ribbons. Photo supplied

For the first time, or at least for the first time in a long time, Barrington Public School has a choir.

Thanks to the determination of BPS teacher, Kate Radford and the dedication of 15 eager students they had made it all the way to the Manning Entertainment Centre stage.

Taking part in the 52nd annual Taree and District Eisteddfod, the students competed in the 'very, very small' primary school section where they were able to sing two contrasting songs of their own choice.

After practising for months every Tuesday at lunchtime, the students from years three to six, performed This Is Me from The Greatest Showman and Imagine by John Lennon on Thursday, June 13.

"There were lots of nerves, even from me, but I was very proud of them, they did exactly what we practised at school," Ms Radford said.

It was enough to impress adjudicator, Carol Irving and land them in third place out of the five schools performing in the section.

Not bad for a choir that had only performed twice publicly, once during the school's Book Week and the other for its Mother's Day morning tea, both taking place at the school in front of family and friends.

Bringing music into the school is something that strikes a chord with Ms Radford, who has been know to sing herself once in a while.

BPS principal, Amy Hughes was aware of Ms Radford's musical background and pitched the idea of a choir to her.

"I was very excited to take on the role due to my love of music and the musical talent I was aware of in the school," Ms Radford said.

For Ms Radford, her connection to music started when she was in primary school and she believes it's a great way to express yourself.

"Mrs (Annette) Burrows taught me piano since kindergarten. I was in the choir in primary school and I have been singing publicly, on and off, since high school," she explained.

Ms Radford hopes to organise more public performances in the future. There are also plans for the year six choir students to join up with Gloucester Public School when they perform at Schools Spectacular in November.