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 …

The Drums Beat for MAXed Out Company

Camp Cypress  changes guard as Moorambilla welcomes the high school energy of  MAXed Out Company. Their mood is upbeat, excited and keen. The pace is fast and the artists that have come together to work with the students are ready to make them work harder than ever this year. TaikOz percussionists Anton Lock and Graham Hilgendorf have come into Baradine …

The rugged beauty of Dandry Gorge: a new concert venue for Moorambilla Voices

The sound of voices ringing through the stunning native landscape of the Pilliga Forest is the vision of Moorambilla Artistic Director Michelle Leonard. “The idea for a concert in the Gorge came from the strong connection that Mooramabilla has always had to the landscape of this region. The beautiful creek which rises and falls dramatically in flood or drought, is …

Within The Stories We Grow

Three Indigenous stories are the touchstone for the creative energy of this year’s Moorambilla, which all come together under the theme Wii Gali – Fire and Water. At the Moorambilla Voices camps and workshops, the stories interweave and underpin the artistic mediums that the children are working with – visual arts, dance, textile arts and music. “I loved these stories …

Vital Volunteers Help the Children Sing

The camps are in full swing now, voices are well and truly warmed up, bodies are moving and the canvas is really taking shape. All of this is not possible without the incredible support of our locally based supervisors. They join in the creative activities during the day, tuck the children up at night, and network behind the scenes in …

Weaving Our Lives Together

Stand by, the girls are rolling in! Camp Cypress turns over to girl power – pink, light blue, skipping, pony tails, hair clips and even unicorns take up residence! Over 70 girls are keen as mustard to get singing and get moving. The girls’ program is similar to the boys, and they too will have the benefit of intense music …

Bustin it with G!

Lots of kids think they can’t dance. They can’t move, they can’t do steps. But they love music, love the beat of music. Independent artist Ghenoa Gela is the dancer and choreographer-in-residence at this year’s Moorambilla Festival. Ghenoa has an incredible energy and talent for getting kids to move, and when they do, they lose their inhibitions, shyness and forget …

Composer-in-Residence Strikes the Match

Talented musician and composer Alice Chance is in residence at Moorambilla Voices 2013. Alice took one of the themes of this year’s Moorambilla – Fire – to write a new work. On Wednesday night, Alice burnt the candle at both ends in her hotel room and wrote the music, which on Thursday was duplicated, handed out and rehearsed with the boys. …

Singing Up the Wide Open Sky

The boys come piling into Baradine’s Camp Cypress from across the west of New South Wales. It’s hot and the sun is bright on their faces. They fall out of their cars with pillows and bags and approach the signing in desk cautiously, shy, hiding behind their parents. This year we are being filmed for an ABC documentary. Welcome to …