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East of the Ranges Festival

The East of the Ranges Primary Schools' Music Festival is part of the Festival of Music, a much older tradition which commenced in Adelaide in 1891. It was originally called the Thousand Voice Choir and the Festival of Music now stands as an official icon of our state.

The East of the Ranges Festival is one of ten regional festivals and is supported by the South Australian Public (Primary) Schools' Music Society Inc. and the Department for Education. It is held in August with students from seven schools participating from across the mid north. Assisting Artists drawn from schools in the region showcase their talents and add variety to the evening.

Those who participate in music education have their lives enriched and benefit in so many ways. The annual Mid North Primary Schools' Music Festival is a celebration of the success of the excellent music education programs in our schools.

Our regional choir currently consists of two hundred primary school students from Kadina, Burra, Orroroo, Melrose, Peterborough, Wilmington, Booleroo Centre and Jamestown (St James and JCS).

This is the biggest choir we have had in years.


At 7pm on WEDNESDAY September 22nd, we’ll be performing an exciting musical program at the Keith Michell Theatre in Port Pirie.
This will include specially commissioned songs by Australian composer Glyn Lehmann; songs with creative, original choreography; soloists; and songs from different genres.
We are so lucky to have dynamic dancers from the Hip Hop Bounce Dance Academy, up and coming pianist Kathryn Zanker, and talented musicians from the Kadina School band as our guest artists during the evening. It promises to be a great night!
The choir will be conducted by our well-loved, energetic Ben Graefe and accompanied by our wonderful six-piece band.
Tickets are available now, either online or from the theatre. To cut down on booking fees, we recommend you buy your tickets in a group eg with friends and family.


Thirteen of our students recently performed at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre as part of the SAPS Music Festival. Singing on stage in a choir of thirteen hundred singers, accompanied by a massive orchestra is certainly a story to tell one’s grand children in years to come.

We absolutely loved it and are still talking about it.

Many thanks to the AEC and the Festival of Music team for their outstanding effort it putting it together. We are so lucky to be part of such a wonderfully dedicated and talented team.

Rachel Neale has been a part of the SAPSMF team for many, many years, but has decided to call it quits at the end of this term. We wish her well for the future and thank her so much for the dedication, time, energy and love she has put into the organisation. Her wonderful, creative sense of humour has kept us focussed and on the ball. We will really miss her.


Each year the SAPSFM helps a charity. This year we are collecting bread tags to help make wheelchairs for African children.
Could you please save your bread tags and bring them to your school front office?

See you at the concert in Port Pirie on Wednesday 22nd September.

Contact Details

Regional Coordinator
Margie Symonds -
Jamestown CS - 8664 2700