17 Message Sticks: 17 Communities

Moorambilla Voices in 2017 is about unearthing the stories of our region with “17 Message Sticks: 17 Communities”. We have postponed the first two weeks of the Skills Development Workshop Tour. We will still be teaching, singing and dancing across the entire region over three weeks. And this year we’re still excited to be part of the BOSTES teacher accreditation scheme through the NSW Department …

Moorambilla Voices ring in the Christmas season

The sound of angelic voices singing Christmas carols soared across the city as Moorambilla Voices sang in the Christmas season at the Martin Place Christmas Tree Concert! We were joined on stage by Megan Washington, Taylor Henderson, Casey Donovan and MCs Mark Ferguson and Samantha Armytage from Channel Seven. A total of 53 children travelled from all over regional NSW to take part …

AWO and Song Company in the house!

Welcome Australian World Orchestra members, as chamber ensemble in residence, who arrived into Baradine today from Stuttgart, Vienna, Berlin, Denmark, Paris, Manchester, London and Sydney! Together with the six members of the Song Company and pianist Ben Burton they lifted the roof of the Baradine Memorial Hall with Moorambilla Voices boys and girls regional choir. Straight into rehearsals of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Baime’s Ngunnhu, what incredible …

Setting up and getting ready!

Moorambilla Voices are in residence in beautiful Baradine and the sun is coming out! The program relies on a regional network of supervisors, helpers, volunteers, parents to set up, rehearse and get ready for the two massive Gala Concerts in Dubbo. Photography: Noni Carroll.    

Sensational Gala Concerts 2016

    Moorambilla Voices performed two sensational 2016 Gala Concerts of new Australian music inspired by the landscape, heritage and traditional owners of Brewarrina and Mount Grenfell. Dubbo Regional Theatre was home to a powerful celebration of creativity, joy and new Australian music! Led by Artistic Director Michelle Leonard, the impressive concerts involved nearly 300 children from primary and high schools all across the …

It’s our voice!

Moorambilla Voices provides the children of north-west NSW with a strong musical environment to explore the potential of their voice, from primary school to the end of high school. It’s a supportive program that leads them to the big performance: The Moorambilla Voices Gala Concert on September 24.  The program has been collaborating with the six members of the Song Company as ensemble-in-residence for four years and …

Hands of red

Andrew Howes felt the earth singing when he went to Mount Grenfell. He also sensed the tribal ancestors that Ngyiampaa Elder Elaine Ohlsen describes when he saw the ancient art, hand stencils and hieroglyphics painted on the rock shelters. He describes the inspiration behind the creation of his Mount Grenfell Suite which features in the 2016 Moorambilla Gala Concert. “I want the …

Singing the land in

Yamakarra! (hello and welcome!) Ngiyampaa Traditional Owners and Elders Elaine Ohlsen and Phillip Sullivan have come to Baradine to hear MAXed OUT Company rehearse Andrew Howes’ Mount Grenfell Suite. “Moorambilla highlights our culture and it’s an honour to those present and also past that they are doing that,” says Elaine. “Many people are still learning about Mount Grenfell. The more you talk about it, the more …

Seen through a wide lens

Photographer-in-residence Noni Carroll creates stunning photographs to inspire and inform. Her work reflects our rich landscape and stories, providing an ongoing touchstone for the creation of the dance, music and percussive elements of the Moorambilla program. After the immersion at Mount Grenfell, she’s shooting on site in Baradine at the Residential Camps and shares some of her favourite shots so far. …