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ROCKHAMPTON'S Charlotte Boyd is among a group of eight Central Queenslanders out to hit the right note at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

The talented group is part of the 75-member Gondwana na- tional choir which will perform in Melbourne.

Details of the performance, which will be beamed to mil- lions across the world, are shrouded by a tight veil of se- crecy.

The singers will go to Melbourne on Thursday for a week in "lockdown'' before their performance on March 15.

The talented youngsters are Corben Thorne from St Bren- dan's College, Joanna Adie and Ariana O'Brien from St Ursula's College, Gabrielle Turner from The Cathedral College and her younger brother, Michael, from St Peter's Catholic Primary School, Brooke Window from Rockhampton Grammar School, and Rebecca Lloyd-Jones from North Rockhampton High School.

Charlotte is the youngest member of this group and is in her first year with the choir.

She said she couldn't wait to get to Melbourne and for the performance.

"I'm really looking forward to it,'' she said.

One of her more experienced colleagues, Gabrielle Turner, 16, has performed on big occasions before.

During five years with the choir she has performed at some of Australia's best venues, including the Sydney Opera House, and has travelled to Mexico.

Ms Turner said Melbourne would be special.

"It's exciting, I'm not nervous, just excited,'' Ms Turner said yesterday.

"I'm looking forward because it's going to be a fantastic experience.''

As well as those performing at the Commonwealth Games there are seven other students from Rockhampton, Emerald and Yeppoon who are members of the Gondwana chamber choir and Gondwana junior choir.

Artistic Director and founder of Gondwana Voices Lyn Wil- liams said Rockhampton was a hotspot for up-and-coming sing- ers. "The choral training and opportunities for young people ... is outstanding.



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