One of Australia’s most popular annual variety shows: the Schools Spectacular.

Cutting-edge dance and music

The Schools Spectacular in November will showcase the most talented singers, dancers and musicians in NSW public schools.

Performances will be held at the Qantas Credit Union Arena, Darling Harbour (formerly known as the Sydney Entertainment Centre) on November 28 at noon and 7.30pm, and Saturday November 29 at 1pm and 7.30pm.

Organisers of the Schools Spectacular are bursting with pride this year as they celebrate the success of 2014 The Voice winner Anja Nissen. Anja was one of several finalists on The Voice who have performed as featured artists in previous Schools Spectaculars.

Creative director Sonja Sjolander said: “The joy of performance and the value of striving for excellence are central to the 31-year tradition of the Schools Spectacular. Anja Nissen highlights what an amazing training ground the Spectacular is for young musical talent. Anja will return as a mentor to guide and motivate the featured artists and encourage every performer to seize opportunities and strive for success.”

Schools Spectacular alumni include international artists Human Nature; musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman; 2013 The Voice finalists Diana Rouvas and Darren Percival; ARIA winners Paulini and Angus and Julia Stone; musical theatre stars David Harris, Lucy Maunder, Amanda Harrison, Julie Goodwin and Trevor Ashley; composer Gavin Lockley; and country singers The McClymonts, Felicity Urquhart and Darren Coggan.

This year 3600 students from 400 NSW public schools will perform: a 1300-voice choir; 80-piece symphony orchestra; 2000 dancers; plus rock, jazz, brass and marching bands. Students are of varying ages, cultures, skills and socio-economic backgrounds, hailing from country, metropolitan and isolated regions of NSW.

The Schools Spectacular also features the World’s Biggest Classroom exhibition, displaying the work of public school students in public venues. This year seven Sydney train stations and five Westfield Centres along with the Qantas Credit Union Arena foyer will display the work of NSW public schools and students.

Tickets go on sale September 2 at 10am. Prices: adult $40–$70, concession $30–$55, family pass (two adults plus two children) $110–$195. Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849.