It was literally the sound of music as thousands of Canterbury school children performed at CBS Arena.
The Christchurch Schools' Music Festival, which is in its 73rd year, aims to expose children to a variety of music styles, give them a chance to perform publicly and help develop their vocal techniques.
The event, which is split across three nights this week, brings together more than 4000 Canterbury children to perform.
Jorja Lilley, 11, was part of Burwood School's 30-strong choir.
The year six pupil said they performed a mix of slow and fast songs, including Rainbow Connection and Chariot.
''I just really like that you can take your mind off everything else. I love singing and my teacher, Miss Falkner, is awesome.''
Jorja's classmate, Lillie Simcotts, said it was exciting and nerve-wracking performing in front of so many people.
Kaye Carr, whose 12-year-old daughter Catherine performed with Mt Pleasant School, said choirs were a great way for children to learn teamwork and co-operation.
Meanwhile, Sonia Colenso believed she was more nervous watching than her daughter Emily, 10, was performing.
''To be part of over 2000 people is pretty awesome for them to do.''
Festival organisers hoped the event would create more interest in music within Canterbury schools.
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