Gondwana Indigenous Choir


Generously supported by Principal Partner

“It is fantastic to have an Indigenous Children’s Choir in Australia. I am constantly surprised by the talent of young Indigenous people but often there is nowhere for them to go to follow their dreams and learn the appropriate skills. This is why the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir is so important for our children, our communities, and our nation as a whole.”
Matthew Doyle, Indigenous artist

Created in 2008 by Lyn Williams, Gondwana Indigenous Choir (GIC) provides an opportunity for Indigenous young people to celebrate their identity through choral performance of Indigenous songs and stories. The program is based in Cairns where through a weekly commitment, choristers receive ongoing musical training based on the world-renowned model of the Sydney Children’s Choir, presented by leading national choral artists.

Through the GIC program, Gondwana Choirs has commissioned and created new works, including many in Indigenous languages, notably the children’s opera Ngailu, Boy of the Stars by Sani Townson and Dan Walker, Spinifex Gum – a song cycle by Felix Riebl and most recently, Boori Guman by Owen Elsely and Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Elder, Gudju Gudju performed with the Sydney Children’s Choir and the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Generously supported by Principal Partner

What does GICC mean?

Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir. GICC is the choir that performs and records nationally. The majority of its members are based in Cairns but GICC often comprises of choristers drawn from around Australia.

Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir - is the largest choral hub. Choristers from CairnsGICC rehearse weekly throughout the school term. This choir forms the basis for most major GICC activities.

Campbelltown Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir - reheases at Rosemeadow in Western Sydney weekly throughout the school term.

Gondwana Choirs is holding workshops at schools in the inner Sydney area for young Indigenous people interested in music and singing.

How do I book the Choir?

Our performing ensemble, Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir, has performed at many corporate and ceremonial events, including most recently:

  • Reopening of the World War 1 exhibition, Australian War Memorial, Canberra
  • G20 Finance Ministers’ Summit, Cairns
  • Business Council of Australia Annual Dinner, Sydney (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)

For booking enquiries, please contact Artistic Producer Sarah Thomas via email. Please note that this choir is based in Cairns.

How do I audition?

Auditions for the Indigenous choral hubs in Cairns and Campbelltown generally occur at the beginning of each school year. Outside of these times, please contact the GICC Manager via email or on 02 9361 9904 for joining enquiries.

Where do the choral hubs rehearse?

Cairns: Cairns State High School on Mondays during the school year

How can I participate if I don’t live in Cairns?

There are occasional opportunities for Young Indigenous singers from across Australia to participate in the national Indigenous children's choir. Please contact the GICC Manager via email or on 02 9361 9904 for participation enquiries.

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