The Dance of the Animal: Collaboration On Site, In View

Always more than a vocal program, collaborating with visual artists and designers has been a hallmark of Moorambilla Voices. For the past ten years artists have included lantern maker Bec Massey, designer Fiona Fagan, felter and chook pen creator Anne Nixon and Wailwan Ngemba artists Mary Kennedy and Barbara Stanley. This year, Moorambilla is proud to collaborate for the third …

Respect! Moorambilla Celebrates Indigenous Stories

Aunty Brenda McBride is making johnny cakes with golden syrup for Moorambilla MAXed OUT kids. It’s a special recipe she likes to share with them around a campfire. “I tell them stories from our culture and what I used to do with my aunties as a child. They get really into it,” she says. Aunty Brenda is our Elder and …

Two Painters and Seven Sisters

Walgett artist Frank Wright and textile designer Fiona Fagan have discovered a unique working partnership, allowing each to bring their own special knowledge and skills to the Moorambilla Gala Concert backdrop painting.     Gamilaroi man Frank Wright has had a passion for drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. “When I finished my homework that’s all I wanted to do …

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 …

From the Artistic Director: “our best Festival yet!”

One week on after the Moorambilla Festival, Artistic Director Michelle Leonard looks at the highlights of the 2013 events.  You know what? People often say after an annual event or festival, “that was the best  yet!” Well in terms of the artistic synergies, the strength of the creative collaborations and the sheer generosity of spirit that was shown in all of …

Artists roll in to the Moorambilla Festival

Over 250 performers are making their way to Baradine and Coonamble in the far north-west of NSW. The sheer love of music – playing, performing and sharing it – drives the Moorambilla Festival as the final preparations take place. Nearly all the rooms in town are booked, even the caravan park is busy! Buses and cars are loaded with staging, …

A Spectacular Weekend Beckons at Moorambilla Festival

Now in it’s eighth year, the Moorambilla Festival  is gearing up for a remarkable weekend from 19-22 September of outstanding music, great food and good company in Coonamble, Baradine and Gulargambone. Together we create major collaborative works to inspire and ignite your passion for this region and showcase its incredible creativity and capacity. There is something for everyone at this …

Ground Aflame: Andrew Howes composes for MAXed OUT Company

Artistic collaboration has always been a strength of Moorambilla Voices. Our second composer in residence, Andrew Howes, has been influenced by visual artist Frank Wright in creating his two world premiere pieces for MAXed OUT Company. Currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Andrew’s works have been commissioned and performed by Sydney Youth Orchestra, the North Sydney …

Moorambilla Voices takes out NSW State Award at APRA/AMCOS Art Music awards

The winners of the 2013 Art Music Awards were announced this week at a gala function hosted by Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS in Sydney. In the New South Wales State Award Category: Moorambilla Voices won the award for its Moorambilla Voices Education Program. Moorambilla Voices is a past recipient of the National and State Awards for Excellence in …