Nation joins together in harmony

Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell talks with Merewether Heights public school students before the national sing-along. Picture: Simone De Peak
Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell talks with Merewether Heights public school students before the national sing-along. Picture: Simone De Peak

IT’S the annual sing-along that unites the nation.

Hunter students joined 500,000 of their peers across Australia in the Music: Count Us In phenomenon on Thursday, which saw them sing the same song at the same time.

Students from Lambton, Muswellbrook and Belmont high schools and Lambton, Hamilton South, Merewether Heights and Wallsend South public schools gathered at Lambton High School for the event.

Three-time Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell came along to join them and was swamped by her adoring fans.

They rehearsed the song Gold before they performed it with the nation at 12.30pm. Ms Bowtell performed her own material for the students and answered their questions during her visit. 

Music: Count Us In is the largest music education program in the country and interest in it has been growing steadily since it began in 2007. 

It aims to raise the profile of music in schools.