Choir one of the best in Australia

Jindabyne Central School junior choir performing at the Australian National Eisteddfod for Choirs at Llewellyn Hall in Canberra.

Jindabyne Central School junior choir performing at the Australian National Eisteddfod for Choirs at Llewellyn Hall in Canberra.

JINDABYNE Central School's (JCS) junior choir has been recognised as one of the best in the country after being awarded a gold grading at the Australian National Eisteddfod for Choirs in Canberra.

In just its second year performing at the choral competition, JCS was handed a gold grading for the 10 years and under division, with Canberra Grammar School taking out first place honours.

A total of 57 JCS students from Years One to Four performed at the Australian National University's Llewellyn Hall on Friday, in what is one of the most highly regarded choral competitions in Australia.

JCS was a crowd favourite and received special mention from adjudicator Julie Christiansen for its articulation and appearance, along with the honour of being awarded a coveted gold grading.

Ms Christiansen is one of Australia's most acclaimed vocal and choral technicians and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian community through the development of children's and youth choirs.

The JCS students, who ranged in age from six to nine years, sang two contrasting own choice pieces - Little Caterpillar by Mark O'Leary and Summer Holiday by Brian Bennett and Bruce Welch.

They have spent all year working on the songs.

"It's important to showcase the performing arts side of the school and the students' choral talents," JCS's musical director and teacher Megan Hopping said.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to expose the children to performing on stage in front of a large crowd."

The JCS choir was accompanied by pianist Phil Horneman. Most students travelled by bus to Canberra on Friday, leaving Jindabyne before 7am to make it in time for their performance.

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