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 …

Narran Lakes legends inspire Moorambilla artists

In a first for Moorambilla, an Artistic Immersion provided a rare opportunity to creatively explore the well kept secret that is Narran Lakes Nature Reserve, located between Lightning Ridge and Brewarrina in northwest NSW.  The immersion is a vital link in the preparation for Moorambilla’s Gala Concerts in Dubbo on Saturday 19 September. Narran Lakes are the site of many Indigenous Dreaming stories, …

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 …

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 …

MAXed OUT Performs at National Male Voice Festival in Brisbane

While Moorambilla Voices children count the days until the August 2014 residential camps in Baradine, Moorambilla Founder and Artistic Director Michelle Leonard and 10 young men from MAXed OUT Company travelled to Brisbane in July to perform in the Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival. The National Male Voice Festival is a huge weekend of talks, rehearsals and performances with leading …

Real Life Stories Behind the Performances

We’re gathering lots of stories about everyone’s experience at Moorambilla this year. It all culminated in powerful Festival performances! Behind that are a lot more stories – about collaboration, community building, confidence, dedication, change, friendship and a new outlook on life. MAXED OUT Hey MAXed OUT Team! I wanted to tell you how well you did on Saturday night…. It …

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, …