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 …

We’re so proud of Wide Open Sky

The national release of the uplifting documentary Wide Open Sky, that explores the musical journey of Artistic Director Michelle Leonard and Moorambilla Voices, has received incredible acclaim across Australia. “Everyone at Moorambilla Voices is so proud of this positive film,” says Artistic Director and Conductor Michelle Leonard. “We’re particularly excited to have this chance to show the world about our beautiful region, our remarkably talented children and …

Think big, dream wide!

If you are inspired by the Wide Open Sky film, please consider a donation to help us to continue to support fabulous children like those in the film. We rely on private donations, and some government support to continue and your donation will really make a difference. Moorambilla Voices is continuing each year – just like in the film. This year …

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 …

Raising boys – through the power of music and dance

Creating new Australian music, immersing remote and regional children in creativity and celebrating their remarkable energy has always been the driving creative force of Moorambilla Voices – ever since its inception ten years ago in 2006. Every year young boys lap up the rare opportunity that Moorambilla presents them – to sing and dance and unleash their imaginative side. “Most …

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. …

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 …

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 …