Songs go on for in­dige­nous choir


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jenny Gal­braith

MT Druitt In­dige­nous Choir has be­come so pop­u­lar it has to knock back per­for­mances. “Peo­ple think it’s about singing but it’s more about lead­er­ship,” says its or­gan­iser.

THE Mt Druitt In­dige­nous Choir is in such de­mand it has to knock back two or three per­for­mances for ev­ery one it agrees to, says or­gan­iser Dave Arm­strong.

The choir is gear­ing up for an­other big year, and has al­ready per­formed in the city on Aus­tralia Day.

“There’s a lot of call for what we’re do­ing. Peo­ple haven’t heard the lan­guage be­fore, so it’s re­ally hon­our­ing the el­ders, past and present,” Mr Arm­strong said.

The choir sang at about 30 per­for­mances last year, and is booked in for about 50 this year, in­clud­ing a tour of Vic­to­ria.

The choir is com­mu­nity driven, and for a child to be in­volved, their par­ents must be present with them dur­ing re­hearsals and per­for­mances.

Mr Arm­strong said dur­ing tours around Cape York, and other com­mu­ni­ties, the teach­ers would al­ways com­ment about how con­fi­dent the choir mem­bers were.

“The chil­dren re­mem­ber the songs for­ever and it’s a very easy way to learn lan­guage,” he said.

“Peo­ple think it’s about singing, but it’s more about lead­er­ship.”

The choir is hold­ing a fundraiser at Bid­will Com­mu­nity Gar­den on Fe­bru­ary 20, to help raise $45,000 to fi­nance a Vic­to­rian tour of Gipp­s­land, the Grampians and Mel­bourne in April this year.


Some of the mem­bers of the Mt Druitt In­dige­nous Choir.

Pic­ture: BOB BARKER

The choir per­forms at the an­nounce­ment of Syd­ney’s 2016 Aus­tralia Day pro­gram.

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