They can hear us singing in Germany! Sarah from the Berliner Philharmoniker sent a special message to all the Aussie kids raising their voice in song today for music education.
Students in Sydney's Tumbalong Park will be treated to not one but two amazing MCs - music education expert and passionate advocate, Margie Moore OAM, and a true star of children’s entertainment, Sam Moran.
Sam is one of the most recognised faces on family television, recently nominated for his second 2014 ARIA Award for Best Children’s Album Play Along With Sam: We're Gonna Dance. This recognition comes after a slew of accolades for Moran’s dynamic entertainment offerings. Nick Jr.’s Play Along with Sam has been nominated in the categories of Best New Talent and Most Outstanding Children’s Program in the 2014 ASTRA Awards, also receiving a nomination in the Best Presenter category of the 2014 TV Week Logie Awards.
These nominations add gusto to Moran’s earlier accolades, and are a celebration of his 15 year career as a children’s entertainer. His international reputation was also acknowledged when he presented the ‘Preschool Category’ at the 2013 International Children’s Emmy Awards in New York. The former lead singer of the Wiggles released Play Along with Sam in June of 2013, debuting at #1 on the Australian iTunes Children’s Charts and top 10 internationally.
Sam Moran has spent most of his life singing and performing, hailing from the NSW country town of Wagga Wagga. Sam and his wife Lyn have a daughter Eloise.
Students in Sydney's Tumbalong Park will be lucky enough to witness a performance by Casey Donovan, one of Australia’s most versatile Indigenous Entertainers. After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol. Ten years on since that memorable moment, Casey has carved a career across various entertainment platforms including print, television and stage and continues to inspire young people with her drive and tenacity to achieve.
Casey is a multi-Award winner & nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award for Listen with Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. She has appeared on stage in productions of Flower Children, The Sapphires and Shakespeare’s As You Like It amongst others.
Casey actively promotes the importance of self-acceptance and healthy self-esteem among young people and is regularly asked to speak to young people about her experiences. Casey is also an advocate for stronger Cyber safety for young people.
Casey lends her name and support to a number of charitable and non-profit organisations in her roles as Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, advocate for National Indigenous Ear Health Campaign and as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Yoris Wilson is a freelance musician, theatre artist and educator based in Darwin, and he will be joining more than 700 local students in Casuarina Mall for this Thursday's big event! His career as an arts practitioner has spanned almost twenty years, and has encompassed a range of disciplines, including roles as an actor, dancer, singer and multi-instrumentalist for key arts organizations in the NT and interstate, as well as in his own freelance practice. Yoris’ work as a photographer has been exhibited widely, including at the National Gallery in Canberra, and he is an award-winning songwriter and filmmaker. His work in film and television has included several roles as the presenter of high profile NT Government public television education campaigns. As a musician, Yoris has played in several bands covering a diverse range of genres including rock, country, Irish folk, blues, Latin and jazz as both an instrumentalist and vocalist.