Voices to blend in harmony
The voices of local schoolchildren will intertwine in harmony with the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir at next month’s Red Earth Arts Festival.
The choir, made up of young singers from Cairns and Kununurra, will perform at REAF Voices at Roebourne Oval on September 24.
Gondwana Choirs started in 1989 and the Indigenous Children’s Choir started in 2008.
The GICC will perform its own set as well as combining with local youths in the Songfest Choir, which will include indigenous and non-indigenous students from the Pilbara.
Gondwana Choirs director Lyn Williams and musician Felix Riebl, best known as the lead singer of Melbourne band the Cat Empire, visited the Pilbara in March to meet local singers and teachers to get them involved in the performance.
Williams said it was wonderful to visit the region and she looked forward to returning next month with the Cairns choir.
Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir manager Erica Byrne said her team was looking to create a piece together with the people and artists of the region, and had collaborated so far with artists like Roebourne’s Allery Sandy.
The choir will be coming over a few days before the performance to work with local children and to run some additional informal auditions for those who missed out on the earlier workshops.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said REAF Voices would showcase the power and beauty of the voice, exploring diversity of sound and providing a fantastic evening of local and national acts.
“We are really looking forward to hosting Gondwana Choirs in the City of Karratha,” he said.
“This is an inspiring group of young people who will be able to share their passion for singing and the arts with our local community.”
Included in the line-up for REAF Voices is the a capella quartet Co-Cheol.
Full program details and information on ticketing and sales are available at www.reaf.com.au.
Members of the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir.