Moorambilla Voices Wins 2013 Art Music Award
Children's Choir Recognised for Excellence
This week, 2013 Art Music Award winners were announced at a gala function hosted by Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS in Sydney, and Moorambilla Voices was among the illustrious recipients. The Moorambilla Voices Education Program was awarded an Excellence in Music Education honour.
The recognition is just another well-deserved accolade earned by this National Program for Young People providing a unique cultural experience in the remote and rural region of North-Western NSW.
Moorambilla Voices develops Australian cultural identity through the telling of stories, lifelines and the landscapes of the unique region of north-western NSW. It brings Australia’s finest musicians, performers, dancers and visual artists to the country towns of Baradine and Coonamble to work with the children.
Up to 170 children aged 8-17 from all over the remote north west of NSW left their properties, homes and schools to make their way to Baradine this month for the annual Moorambilla Voices camps. Now in its eighth year, the program provides one of the only cultural experiences available to the remote, regional and Indigenous children across the north-western expanse of NSW.
The children come from the towns of: Baradine, Bugaldie, Binnaway, Bourke, Brewarrina, Bundella, Cassillis, Cobar, Collarenebri, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Dunedoo, Elong Elong, Engonnia, Gilgandra, Girilambone, Goodooga, Gulargambone, Gwabegar, Leadville, Lightning Ridge, Nevertire, Nyngan, Nymagee, Quambone, Trangie, Walgett, Warren.
The Moorambilla Voices Choirs will perform at the Moorambilla Festival in Coonamble from September 19 to 22, alongside Sydney Symphony Fellowship, Australia’s TaikOz Japanese drumming ensemble, premiere vocal group the Song Company, the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, the Hunter School of the Performing Arts, Indigenous Australian Ballet trained dancer Eric Avery, independent dance artist Ghenoa Gela, Indigenous visual artists Frank Wright and the Ngemba Wailwan Collective, and textile artist and author Fiona Fagan.
Watch the magic of the Moorambilla journey.