Voices to blend in har­mony

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - ■ Peter de Krui­jff

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.

Pic­ture: Brid­get El­liot

Mem­bers of the Cairns Gond­wana In­dige­nous Chil­dren’s Choir.

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