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 built on a foundation of choral hubs in Cairns and Western Sydney and in-school programs in inner Sydney. 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.

Choral Hubs

Cairns

“Gondwana is known in Cairns as THE BEST choral group – the union of students from different schools coming together and bonding, the relationships, discipline, the life experience from the tutors and conductors is highly beneficial. GICC is a brilliant program, and one to be continued endlessly!”
Cairns GICC Parent 2016

Cairns GICC is open all young Indigenous people aged 5 -16 with an interest in music and singing. Rehearsals are held at Cairns State High School on Monday's after school each week during the school year.

GICC’s extraordinary performance calendar demonstrates the pride and professionalism that is evident in all aspects of the choristers’ experiences, from community workshops to major performances in iconic venues. GICC performances now involve audiences locally, nationally and internationally and they are at the vanguard of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures are presented to the broader community.

“Because of GICC, I am able to proudly represent my Indigenous culture locally, interstate and internationally.”
Cairns GICC Chorister 2017

For more information fill out the enquiry form or contact GICC Coordinator Shabnam Hinton via email or on 02 9361 9904.

 

Western Sydney

“Campbelltown doesn’t have much to help us learn about our culture and choir gives us the opportunity to learn more about it through song and dance, experiencing new people and places.”
Western Sydney GICC Chorister, 2016

“GICC has a great name in the community, and the feedback and coverage is always positive and inspiring. Thank you for the wonderful opportunities. Thank you to all GICC staff for their professionalism and positivity.”
Cairns GICC Parent 2016

The choral hub in Western Sydney  is focused on connecting with displaced and disadvantaged communities through music in the largest urban Indigenous populated region in Australia and in Inner Sydney, we work directly in schools that support Indigenous students.

The choir is open to young indigenous boys and girls aged 1016. They rehearse each Tuesday from 4 - 6.30pm at Macbeth Community Hall, Rosemeadow.

For more information fill out the enquiry form or contact GICC Coordinator Shabnam Hinton via email or on 02 9361 9904.

 

Inner Sydney

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

To find out more about our in-schools program or to arrange a workshop in your school,  please contact GICC Coordinator Shabnam Hinton via email or on 02 9361 9904.

Generously supported by Principal Partner

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