05 May 2023
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WA public school students are playing a starring role in the historic King’s coronation.
Some of our regional students, who are members of Bunbury's Vocal Fusion Youth Choir, will feature in the BBC's official Coronation Concert the day after the Coronation Ceremony on Saturday 6 May.
The Coronation will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.
The concert will be held at Windsor Castle the day after and will feature a range of live performances, including Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Andrea Bocelli.
A 300-strong Coronation Choir, made up of singers from diverse backgrounds, will be joined by a virtual choir made up of voices around the Commonwealth.
The Bunbury choir will be the only Australian singers to feature in a virtual performance, singing Higher Love by Steve Winwood.
Newton Moore High School Year 7 student Sayge Boden was ecstatic to find out the choir would be part of the global event.
“I felt really excited to be singing to the King,” Sayge said. “I was proud to do a Coronation for the King.”
Tanika Schoeman, who is in Year 8 at Bunbury Senior High School, loves being part of the choir.
“(We do) so many concerts, with so many opportunities,” Tanika said.
The choir filmed the performance at Koombana Bay in Bunbury and had just two weeks to prepare. The performance will be displayed on a screen at the concert and mashed up with other singers.
Choir director Danielle Bond said it was a huge moment for the choir.
"It's just such an amazing opportunity for these kids to go down in history," she told the ABC.