Songs go on for indigenous choir
INDIGENOUS MUSIC GROUP IN HIGH DEMAND
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.
The choir performs at the announcement of Sydney’s 2016 Australia Day program.