Unique choir for Fes­ti­val of 1000 Voices

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Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala will wel­come renowned Yorta Yorta so­prano, com­poser and ed­u­ca­tor Deb­o­rah Cheetham AO and her Dhun­gala Chil­dren’s Choir to Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala’s Fes­ti­val of 1,000 Voices on March 10 and 11.

The unique fes­ti­val, which po­ten­tially could have up to 1,000 singers from choirs from all over the re­gion and Mel­bourne, will also be head­lined by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, con­duc­tor and cre­ator of the renowned ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’.

Deb­o­rah Cheetham is a re­cip­i­ent of the Or­der of Aus­tralia for her ser­vices to the Arts and Indige­nous Artists, to­gether with the 2013 Vo­ca­tional Award from Ro­tary Mel­bourne. In March 2015, Deb­o­rah was in­ducted onto the Hon­our Roll of Women of Vic­to­ria.

She is de­voted to the de­vel­op­ment of Indige­nous Opera Singers. Ten years ago, she es­tab­lished the Short Black Opera Com­pany, Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Indige­nous Opera Com­pany and a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Her first Indige­nous Opera, “Pecan Sum­mer”, was per­formed in 2016 at the Syd­ney Opera House. It be­came the first Indige­nous opera to be pre­sented at the Syd­ney Opera house and has since been per­formed Aus­tralia-wide.

The Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion work, “Eumer­alla, a Re­quiem for Peace” sung in the Gun­ditj­mara lan­guage, had ex­cerpts per­formed in 2017 at the Open­ing of Venice Bi­en­nale.

Deb­o­rah’s recitals have taken place in Lon­don, Paris, Rome, Sin­ga­pore and many other places both lo­cally and around the world.

Deb­o­rah will bring her renowned Dhun­gala Chil­dren’s Choir to Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala.

Event Chair­man An­drew Brown said the event is go­ing to be a real spec­ta­cle and the lo­cal choir group; Lake­side Voices, are ex­cited to bring this fes­ti­val to Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala.

“For in­clu­sion in this fes­ti­val, Deb­o­rah has taken the piece “Be­neath the Wings of Bu­jil”, an ex­cerpt from her opera “Eumer­alla, a Re­quiem for Peace”, and re­ar­ranged it, for self-se­lected choir mem­bers from the fes­ti­val to sing in the Yorta Yorta lan­guage, with Dhun­gala Chil­dren’s Choir, at the Sun­day af­ter­noon con­cert,” An­drew said.

Dhun­gala Chil­dren’s Choir is an award­win­ning en­sem­ble for Indige­nous chil­dren be­tween the ages of 9 and 17.

For thou­sands of years the Yorta Yorta peo­ple have passed down their tra­di­tions, lan­guage, dream­ing and cul­ture through song. Dhun­gala Chil­dren’s Choir (DCC) is a con­tin­u­a­tion of this tra­di­tion.

Es­tab­lished in 2009 by Deb­o­rah Chetham DCC de­buted in the Shep­pAR­Ton fes­ti­val with its per­for­mance of “River­song”. They have since be­come a strong pres­ence in Shep­par­ton, Gee­long and through­out Vic­to­ria.

Dhun­gala Chil­dren’s Choir now con­sists of mem­bers from around Aus­tralia, com­ing to­gether reg­u­larly for high pro­file per­for­mances and the an­nual Dhun­gala Choral Pro­gram.

Mem­bers of DCC have ap­peared in Mooroopna, Mel­bourne, Perth and Ade­laide, with Short Black Opera, Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Indige­nous Opera Com­pany. Their most re­cent per­for­mance at the Syd­ney Opera House in 2017, earned them an award in the Pres­ti­gious Broad­way World Awards for Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance by a Chil­dren’s Choir in the Syd­ney Opera House pro­duc­tion of Deb­o­rah Cheetham’s “Pecan Sum­mer”.

“The gath­er­ing of many choirs to­wards the 1,000 Voices con­cept for the week­end is very unique,” An­drew said. “This event would not be hap­pen­ing with­out the gen­er­ous sup­port of our ma­jor spon­sors Club Mul­wala and Across the Arts”.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Fes­ti­val of 1,000 Voices, con­tact An­drew Brown on 0414 397 802 or the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter on 5744 1989.

Yorta Yorta so­prano, com­poser and ed­u­ca­tor Deb­o­rah Cheetham AO.

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