Moorambilla Voices takes out NSW State Award at APRA/AMCOS Art Music awards

The winners of the 2013 Art Music Awards were announced this week at a gala function hosted by Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS in Sydney.

In the New South Wales State Award Category: Moorambilla Voices won the award for its Moorambilla Voices Education Program.

Moorambilla Voices is a past recipient of the National and State Awards for Excellence in a Regional Area. This award reinforces the impact the project continues to have across the region. The award is testament to the dedication of the Moorambilla Voices team, which for over eight years has brought outstanding world-class artists to the North West region of NSW to facilitate a musical experience for over 170 children.  The program provides a rare creative educational experience available to the remote, regional and Indigenous children across the north-western third of NSW.

The news comes right at the end of a successful two-week annual residency  camps in Baradine NSW, where three choirs worked with Australia’s finest musicians, composers, dancers and visual artists to create a range of performances to be shown to audiences in September.

Baradine Town Hall erupts with Taikoz and MAXed Out Company in rehearsal

Baradine Town Hall erupts with TaikOz, Ghenoa Gela and MAXed Out Company in rehearsal in August 2013.

Teaching music to Moorambilla boys

Writing new Australian music with composer Alice Chance, Michelle Leonard and Moorambilla Voices boys in August 2013.

Artistic Director Michelle Leonard says “This award is so special to Moorambilla Voices, and acknowledges the value of combining an intense musical experience for children with high-quality artistic collaboration. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved collectively – this award is an amazing testament to the region’s creativity.”

Kylie Harvey and Cobar girls Katelyn Martin, Emily Carlaw, Amabella Harvey, Ella Dzwonczyk, Caiomhe Behan, Ruby-Belle Stingemore and Bree Martin

Moorambilla Voices supervisor and Cobar Central School teacher Kylie Harvey with Cobar girls Katelyn Martin, Emily Carlaw, Amabella Harvey, Ella Dzwonczyk, Caiomhe Behan, Ruby-Belle Stingemore and Bree Martin in August 2013.

The Moorambilla Voices Choirs will perform at the Moorambilla Festival in Coonamble from 19-22 September, alongside Sydney Symphony Fellowship, Australia’s TaikOz Japanese drumming ensemble, premiere vocal group the Song Company, the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, the Hunter School of the Performing Arts, Indigenous Australian Ballet trained dancer Eric Avery, independent dance artist Ghenoa Gela, Indigenous visual artists Frank Wright and the Ngemba Wailwan Collective, and textile artist and author Fiona Fagan.

See http://www.moorambilla.com for more information about the Festival and Moorambilla Voices.

 

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