Roadshow brings Christmas cheer to elderly

A CHILDREN'S orchestra from Marayong brought Christmas cheer to more than 500 elderly residents in Blacktown last Friday.

The St Andrew's Primary School Orchestra's 18 student musicians, aged from 10 to 12 years, were led by music teachers Andras Racz and Andrew Russek.

They played popular Christmas tunes and classical music for residents, aged from 60 to more than 90, at three nursing homes in their Christmas Roadshow from 9.15am to 1.30pm.

The orchestra first performed at St Elizabeth's Nursing Home in Dean Park followed by Our Lady of Consolation in Rooty Hill and Holy Family Nursing Home in Marayong.

A spokeswoman for Holy Family said most residents looked forward to being entertained by the children.

School community co-ordinator Adam Fletcher said this year's Christmas Roadshow was the biggest and the best as the orchestra included current year 6 students who studied music from year 3.

"I enjoyed hearing the beautiful sounds made at these three venues," Mr Fletcher said.

He said they performed to full houses at venues that included a chapel at St Elizabeth's, a function/dining room at Our Lady of Consolation and the main hall at Holy Family.

"We will continue to keep the tradition of Christmas Roadshow going as the orchestra has been a great success."

The orchestra will play its last performance for the year at the farewell event for St Andrew's principal Richard McGuiness who is retiring on Wednesday, December 18.

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