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Gondwana Choirs

 

Do you like to sing, make new mates, have fun and have the opportunity to travel? Then come and audition for the 

Gondwana National   

Indigenous Children’s Choir

When?  Friday 1st April 2011

 Where? National Centre of Indigenous

                 Excellence, (NCIE) 180 George St,    

                 Redfern. 

Time?   4pm - 5:15pm

Who?  Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Boys       

             and Girls aged 10-16 from the  Sydney    

             Region

To make a time, please contact Erica Byrne, Coordinator of the GNICCerica@gondwanachoirs.com.au, 02 9251 4226, ext 3.      


The Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir (GNICC) gives talented Indigenous children the opportunity to join with their peers from across Australia, take part in musical, social and cultural education and performance opportunities, and share the voice of their generation with both the nation and the world.

Under the direction of Artistic Director & Founder Lyn Williams OAM, the GNICC is a project of Gondwana Choirs, Australia’s most dynamic choral organisation renowned for its artistic excellence and innovation, also featuring the Gondwana National Choral School and the Sydney Children’s Choir.

The GNICC developed out of a successful collaboration between the Sydney Children’s Choir and children in communities across the Torres Strait Islands during 2008 – 2009. The GNICC’s inaugural performance was with Gondwana Voices and Sydney Children’s Choir at the Papal Welcome for World Youth Day in 2008 in Sydney. Since then, over 1,000 Indigenous children from the Torres Strait Islands, Cairns, Regional Victoria, Regional NSW, Sydney, South Australia and the Northern Territory have taken part in the Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir’s activities. The GNICC is also featured in the current Qantas advertising campaign.

A three-step pathway exists for entry into the Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir. Indigenous children aged approx. 8 – 16 with musical potential are identified through the Community Workshop Program which involves singing and movement workshops in schools and communities with a high proportion of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children. The workshops are led by Artistic Director Lyn Williams and highly respected Indigenous musicians and artists such as Aboriginal singers Deborah Cheetham and Shellie Morris, didjeridu player William Barton and Torres Strait Island choreographer Sani Townson.

Participants in the Community Workshop Program are offered the opportunity to audition for Regional Music Camps. Here Indigenous children learn new skills, draw on their creative talents and meet other talented Indigenous children from their region, again working with some of Australia’s most respected conductors and music educators and Indigenous musicians and artists. Gondwana Choirs is working to develop a rich repertoire of new songs in Indigenous languages and collaborates with local linguists and songwriters during the Regional Music Camps.

The final step is then into the GNICC for major national and international performance opportunities. These are an important goal for the children to work towards and a means for them to inspire their peers from across the country and share their talent with Australia and the world. In 2009, the GNICC gave the world premiere of Ngailu – Boy of the Stars, a critically acclaimed Torres Strait Islander children’s opera now screening on SBS’ arts channel Stvdio and performed with the Sydney Children’s Choir at The Dreaming Festival, in Queensland. In 2010 they performed in the Gondwana Choirs 21st birthday concert at the Sydney Opera House, at the opening of the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair and with Jessica Mauboy at the NRL Grand Final in Sydney. With the Qantas Choir they have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in Sydney, at the Bledisloe Cup in Sydney, the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne, at G’Day USA events in LA, New York and Houston and at Australia’s National Day at World Expo in Shanghai, China.

All GNICC activities are made available at no cost to participating children, schools and communities. Gondwana Choirs is working to secure funding to enable Indigenous children from every state and territory in Australia to take part in the Choir in 2011 and beyond. For more information or to support the GNICC, please contact Alexandra Cameron-Fraser, General Manager Gondwana Choirs. Tel: 02 9251 4226 |Mob: 0410 414 486 |email: alexandra@gondwanachoirs.com.au

 

 


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