Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir European Tour and Concerts

6 May 2017 Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir European Tour and Concerts

Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir undertake their first major European tour as part of the Vienna Project. They will be in Europe for two weeks, beginning in Frankfurt for workshops and concerts with The European School, followed by Mariobor, Slovenia with the renowned girls’ choir Carmina Slovenica. After Maribor they travel to Vienna,where they will begin rehearsals of a new work by the Australian composer Owen Elsley that they will perform with the Vienna Boys Choir in October in major concerts at the Sydney Opera House and Cairns Convention Centre.

EUROPEAN CONCERTS

Saturday 6 May at 7,30pm Liebfrauenkirche, Frankfurt
Monday 8 May at 7pm Unionska Dvorana, Maribor
Saturday 13 May at 11am MuTh, Vienna
Sunday 14 May at 11am MuTh, Vienna

In October this year, Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir’s collaboration with Vienna Boys Choir continues in Australia with rehearsals and performances in Sydney and Cairns. The concerts will feature the world premiere of a work by Owen Elsley and collaborator Gudju Gudju based on a Dreaming story of the Yidinji nation in the Cairns region for the combined ensembles. The commissioning of this work was made possible by a grant from Cairns Regional Council.

One comment on “Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir European Tour and Concerts

  1. Maria Nechwatal

    What a fantastic Project. I trust the Choir loved their tour and I bet Europe loved them!
    In this world which is often so divisive, it is so heartening to know of opportunities and encouragement for collaboration. My father was a member of the Vienna Boys Choir and then chosen for the Vienna Mozsrt Boys’ Choir which left Europe by boat in 1938 and toured USA, Canada, Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand before beginning a tour of Australia. They enjoyed an unforgettabe train journey across the Nullabor, stopping in Kalgoorlie to give a concert. As they prepared to board for their departure in Fremantle, WW2 was declared so overnight they becae enemy aliens. My father was 14 and the youngest was 8 years old. The then Archbishop of Melbourne, Daniel Mannix negotiated with the Governmnent. An arrangemnt was made that they would join the newly formed St Patrick’s Cathedral choir. The children were taken in by families in the Cathedral parish and finished their studies at Abbotsford Tech and Parade College. My father’s love of his homeland, music and acklowledgement and appreciation of Indigenous people and culture and of Australia’s generosity was imparted to us. When Archbishop Mannix died in the 60s he commissioned a bronze plaque from a sculpture by Melbourne artist, Rod Dudley and the proceeds form the sales of this supported indigenous education. My family is thriled to witness your collaboration. We are mostly Melbourne based but together with our Cairns family, we look forward to your concert. Thank you for making all of this possible.

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