It’s time to reach for the stars

Day one of Moorambilla Voices Residential Camps 2016 and Camp Cypress is ringing with the sound of 76 excited primary school boys from right across the north-west region. The very first day is always pumped with anticipation. For Braydon Jones from Cobar Public School, Moorambilla is the only opportunity he has to sing in a choir. “I watched the concert last …

Ancient markings, red dirt and night sky legends. Welcome to 2016!

Moorambilla Voices has launched the creative inspiration driving its 2016 program with the Artistic and Cultural Immersion at historic Mount Grenfell, near Cobar, north-west NSW. Facilitated in consultation with Ngiyampaa Indigenous and community leaders, the Immersion experience took place in April and will drive the artists’ source material. “This incredibly beautiful landscape has an ancient history as a meeting place for the Ngiyampaa …

Go to the bend in the river

Interweaving new Australian choral music with contemporary dance is taking composer Andrew Howes and choreographer Jacob Williams into new territory at Moorambilla residential camps in 2015. “Narran Lakes was what I call an ‘ice bath’ to my system,” says Andrew. “I jumped off the plane straight from the intensity of London and drove on the same day to the utter …

Opportunity Knocks – Iyasa!

MAXed OUT Company is back in rehearsal on Dhinawan, the MAXed OUT segment of this year’s Gala Concert.  Very, very few high schools offer music to HSC level in this region – with ensemble experience rare and opportunities to perform few. Some of the teenagers have been practicing their contemporary and taiko choreography at home, calling out Iyasa! as they do. …

Composer in the Sky

So the sky So the earth So the bird So the earth The big the small One thing within the other Andrew Batt-Rawden, Moorambilla composer in residence, is writing fast and furiously to create his choral and instrumental piece for our senior vocal ensemble MAXed OUT this year.   Originally an oboist, Andrew is working with a big company – the …

Composer on Tap!

Young composer Alice Chance is writing music for this year’s Moorambilla Voices Gala Concert. The composer in residence describes herself as composer on tap! “It’s because I work with the children during the day, then overnight I write music for them to sing the very next morning.” “This year I’m really excited to be working across so many art forms – dance, stories, music, visual …

Collaborate!

Artistic collaboration is one of the hallmarks of Moorambilla. This year Queensland Ballet Education Coordinator Jacob Williams joins the residential camps. Jacob Williams grew up in the North West town of Dubbo, and from an early age watched his sisters go off to dance classes at the Dubbo Ballet Studio. From age 10 he wanted to dance too! So off he …

Fan-forced Creativity!

Making fans, writing music, dancing to Indigenous stories about Pallah-Pallah – another creative day at Moorambilla Voices boys camp! William Eather and Arthur ‘Arty’ Taylor from Wellington near Dubbo, and Callum Robinson from Bourke, had never heard of the Pallah-Pallah Indigenous story before, but they’d heard other Indigenous stories. Arty knew the story of “how the kangaroo got his tail, how …

Baradine: Small Town, Big Heart

  The small town of Baradine, home to the Pilliga Forest, opened its heart again to the incredibly angelic sound of young boys voices today as Moorambilla regional boys choir took up residence. The boys have a lot of work to do preparing for the Gala Concert in Coonamble in September.  Camp Cypress is again home for three days to …