Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir


Generously supported by Principal Partner

Based in Cairns, Queensland, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and their ‘big sisters’ Marliya are the most powerful and well-recognised group of young Indigenous performers in the country. Under the leadership of Lyn Williams AM and Lauren Hannay, the rich, vibrant sound of the choir warms the hearts of audiences whenever it performs. 

The choir has a strong commitment to commissioning new choral music incorporating First Nations language and story, in collaboration with cultural custodians. Recently, films of the choir singing these pieces on country have shared this work to a wider audience: Birinyi (2020), a Yidinji story shared by Gudju Gudju with music by Luke Byrne and Buda:dji (2021), a Djabugay story shared by Dennis Hunter with music by Dan Walker.  

The choir has performed with First Nations artists including Archie Roach, Uncle Seaman Dan and Jessica Mauboy and at major events such as the G20 Summit and the NAIDOC Gala Ball. The choir has collaborated several times with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective to present new works to Cairns audiences.  

In 2017, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir undertook its first European tour, introducing audiences to music in multiple Indigenous languages and to the exciting arrangements of traditional songs and dances from the Torres Strait. This tour also included a collaboration with the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the Sydney Children’s Choir, called Songs of My Country. 

In July 2022, they gave the premiere performance of William Barton’s Of the Earth with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Simone Young for the reopening of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. 


From the ranks of the GICC has emerged a new ensemble, Marliya. Marliya was first formed to appear in Felix Riebl’s Spinifex Gum. With Spinifex Gum, Marliya has appeared at the Adelaide and Sydney Festivals, at Dreamtime at the G, and the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. In 2019 Spinifex Gum was nominated for Best New Australian Work in the Helpmann Awards and toured in August and September with performances at the Garma Festival and in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. In 2022, Spinifex Gum played at BluesFest in Byron Bay and the Women of the World Festival in Cairns. 

Generously supported by Principal Partner

Gondwana Indigenous Choir is based in Cairns. Please take into account travel, accommodation and associated costs when considering booking the choir.

For more information please contact Alice Neldner on 0479 177 494 or alice.neldner@gondwana.org.au