Over two weeks, over 300 Moorambilla Voices children sang up a storm, creating new Australian music, choregraphed dance moves and new percussion in Baradine.
Some children experienced the magic for the first time, and all of them loved the opportunity of being allowed to discover the unknown paths of their imagination. For many, this was the only chance they have annually to express themselves through dance, how to read music and sing in a choir.
The children came from schools across the whole of Australia. In NSW, the children are from the whole of the north-west region, from Bourke to Dubbo, from Lightning Ridge to Coonabarabran. And this year the program included children, teachers and artist Roslyn Sullivan from Leonora in Western Australia, and students and teachers from St Ursula’s College Toowoomba in Queensland.
Read about their experience here.
Artistic Director Michelle Leonard OAM, originally from Coonamble, is fired up about the talented children in the room this year. “These primary and high school students were busting to sing about new music and we kept them on their toes,” she said. Michelle and her team of artists, choreographers and lantern makers shaped 2017 Gala Concert, performed over 3 concerts in September in at the Dubbo Regional Theatre. The resulting performance will bring to life stories of the night sky, mountains and trees of the ancient landscape around Gundabooka National Park near Bourke.
The week included the arrival or a new set of taiko drums, made especially for the children of regional NSW.
“We were delighted to be given support by the NSW Government to provide our region with the first EVER set of Australian-built set of Taiko drums – made by TaikoDrumWorks – which will be used initially by children in high schools in Coonabarabran, Cobar and Lightning Ridge. This is an exciting new development for us as we invest in our community.”
Artistic collaboration is one of the hallmarks of Moorambilla and the children have the opportunity to work with these leading Australian artists:
• composers Kevin Barker Patrick Baker and Josephine Gibson from Sydney Conservatorium of Music
• Taikoz, one of Australia’s most versatile music percussion ensembles
• Australia’s premiere vocal ensemble The Song Company
• Chamber Orchestra made up of eight members of the Australian World Orchestra
• Accompanist Ben Burton
• Queensland Ballet Schools Education Executive Jacob Williams, originally from Dubbo, with Tainga Savage, our 2017 dance intern.
• Lantern workshops and artworks made by Jyllie Jackson, founder and artistic director of the Lismore Lantern Parade, with Sara Tinning
• Photographer Noni Carroll and resident visual artist Phoebe Maroulis
• Textile artist Roslyn Sullivan from Laverton in remote Western Australia
Read more about the stunning lanterns here.
Read Chloe Lankshear’s experience with The Song Company on camp here.
“We’re just about to release a stunning CD full of the sound of young Australian voices from the bush called Yindyamarra: A Prospect of Peace. It’s a our Christmas gift to the region and has some uplifting and inspiring music for everyone to celebrate with.”
“We invite everyone in the community to come to Dubbo, on Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24 to experience the magic of Moorambilla.”
Photography: Noni Carroll