Gondwana Indigenous Children’s 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 Children’s Choir (GICC) 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 GICC 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 GIC mean?

Gondwana Indigenous Choir. GIC rehearses in Cairns, and performs nationally.

How do I book the Choir?

Our performing ensemble, Gondwana Indigenous 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 Gondwana Indigenous Choir generally occur at the beginning of each school year. Outside of these times, please contact the GIC Manager via email or on 0452 090 778 for joining enquiries.

Where does GIC rehearse?

GIC rehearses weekly at Cairns State High School 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 our national programs. Please contact the GIC Manager via email or on 02 9361 9904 for participation enquiries.