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 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 …

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 …

The Moorambilla Experience: New skills spark new ideas

  Beth Stanley was the International Education Observer at this year’s Moorambilla, attending both residential camps and Festival events. She was amazed at the learning and educational experiences the children were exposed to. We’re excited to release some of the latest pictures for this story as well. A memorable image at the completion of the Moorambilla Voices Festival was the fire …

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, …

Teach and Inspire: Putting “Musical Notes into a Voice”

Moorambilla is proud of its ability to teach and inspire the teenagers of the region in its MAXed OUT Company. This Company is one of the reasons why it won the NSW State Award for Excellence in the recent APRA AMCOS awards. Most MAXed OUT participants at the residential camps have a real hunger for the opportunity to live and …

A Spectacular Weekend Beckons at Moorambilla Festival

Now in it’s eighth year, the Moorambilla Festival  is gearing up for a remarkable weekend from 19-22 September of outstanding music, great food and good company in Coonamble, Baradine and Gulargambone. Together we create major collaborative works to inspire and ignite your passion for this region and showcase its incredible creativity and capacity. There is something for everyone at this …

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 …