Students from regional primary schools at St Francis’ of the Fields. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Nearly one thousand Catholic school students gathered at St Francis’ of the Fields Primary School in Strathfieldsaye yesterday for a music spectacular.

Grade five and six students from 11 regional primary schools descended on Bendigo for the event, to be part of one of the largest choirs to ever perform on stage in the region.

The concert was part of the Festival of the Sacred, a biannual event.

The festival is part of an Arts strategy from the Sandhurst Diocese that highlights the partnership between Catholic Education Sandhurst and the Australian School of Performing Arts.

Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst Paul Desmond said he was looking forward to attending the festival.

“It’s wonderful to see music and singing becoming such an important part of the educational experience for these students, and to be able to provide something special for the kids to look forward to and work towards,” Mr Desmond said.

Thursday’s recital was the first time all performers came together as they had been honing their skills in their individual school settings.

Event organiser Claire Spinelli said the Festival of the Sacred had something for everyone.

“The repertoire for this year’s concerts included two high energy dance numbers and a variety of choral offerings,” Ms Spinelli said.