When the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia, student Kaitlin Lawler’s final year was thrown into peril.

The young singer-songwriter, who was at the tail end of her three-year, creative and technical development course of music study, thought there was no way there would be a final-year concert.

“Yes, it’s been an unpredictable year, but I feel that the third-year music students have really encouraged each other to keep going through these COVID-19 times,” said Kaitlin, who is studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) at UOW.

“It was at the last minute, with the changing of [COVID] rules, we were given the concert go ahead. It was fantastic.”

The end-of-year graduation music show Triple Fret was a little different to previous years. There were no pre-concert drinks, no mingling with audience attendees and no introducing other band members to mums, dads, family or friends.

Yes, this showcase of major music works by the graduating students of 2020 was a smaller than the normal affair with a limited number of pre-booked seats, but it still packed a punch.

Concert coordinator and UOW music lecturer Dr Terumi Narushima said 2020 has been an exceptionally hard year for everyone.

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