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 …

Dancing with Sensu – Japanese Fans

The drums of TaikOz are beating so hard you can hear them down the end of the main street of Baradine. “I knew we had a large group this year so we have planned something really special says TaikOz’s Anton Lock. Anton has been working with the high school children for the last three days, incorporating dance, music and percussion …

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 …

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 …

To The Ridge and Back

Moorambilla Voices children come from across the northwest of NSW – including the communities of Lightning Ridge and Grawin, the outback mining towns famous for Australia’s rare black opals. Brooke Brown from Lightning Ridge has been coming back to Moorambilla for two years for her love of music and singing. Opal Trumper from Grawin is excited to be back at Moorambilla this …

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 …