Musical memories that last

While 18 students from Greystanes Public School sung their little hearts out in the 30th annual Schools Spectacular, their choir teacher Wendie Neill had something more to smile about.

On-stage talk about the history of the schools showcase took Mrs Neill down memory lane to when she took to the stage in the first Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 1984. She was 15 and in year 10 at Cambridge Park High School.

Ms Neill performed in the combined choir.

"I vaguely remember the Toreador and Carmen songs," Ms Neill said. "I remember being on the stands with the secondary choir behind the orchestra and the soprano section.

"I remember the costumes the dancers were wearing. Their costumes were beautiful and they had that Spanish and Mexican feel which I liked."

Since then, Ms Neill has lead many students to singing success in five Schools Spectaculars.

She said the event, which includes thousands of students from hundreds of schools across NSW, was "just amazing".

"It's one big family," Ms Neill said.

"You see familiar faces and other staff members still doing the same things.

"It gives the kids a lifetime of memories and it will be something that they will remember."

Ms Neill's love for music began when she was in year 6 at Mudgee Public School and she performed in a choral concert at the Sydney Opera House. "We sung Gloria in Excelsis Deo," she said.

"That was the first thing that I did that sent me on the musical journey."

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