The Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir (GNICC) gives talented Indigenous children the opportunity to share their voices with the nation and the world.
Created in 2008 by Founder and Artistic Director, Lyn Williams OAM - the latest addition to our company, which includes the Gondwana National and Sydney Children's Choirs - the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir (GNICC) creates a pathway for Indigenous young people from across Australia to come together and take part in musical, social and cultural education and performance opportunities. Participation in this program instils pride, builds confidence and career pathways, creates lasting relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young Australians and gives young people a platform from which to share their voice and culture with the nation and the world.
First day of rehearsal, Cairns 2014
National Literacy Day at Sydney Opera House, 2014
GNICC in the Kimberley
Courtesy of our partnership with Rio Tinto, we went to the East Kimberley in late April with 35 GNICC choristers from Sydney, Cairns, Darwin, Jabiru, Armidale and Alice Springs. Choristers joined students in performance for local parents and visitors at the Sandalwood Factory and held a workshop with members of local choirs and schools, singing a selection of each other's songs. They then performed in Warmun for the Ngalangangpum school, local holiday program and members of the Warmun Art Centre, and afterwards had a chance to spend time with local kids who were only too happy to share their ideas and stories!
Following the great success of our Torres Strait Islander children's opera, Ngailu - Boy of the Stars in 2008, we are collaborating with composers and Indigenous communities on two further operas, completing a suite of three children's operas exploring Australia's diverse indigenous cultures and languages:
Lyn Williams workshops with students in Dawul School, Doon Doon, in May 2013.
Gija Opera Project
The rich culture of the Gija language and visual arts of the East Kimberley, WA is the inspiration for this work. Composer Felix Reibel, Gondwana Choirs and local community members are in the process of building relationships, gathering stories and engaging the local children through school workshops. In September 2013, members of Gondwana Voices and GNICC travelled to the Kimberley to connect with the children in Warmun, as well as visit the communities of Kunnunura and Doon Doon. We were pleasantly surprised to find a group of enthusiastic young people in Kununurra, who we included in workshops and performances whoplan to involve in the opera development, including further workshops and a performance in Kununurra in September. Help us bring the Gija Opera to fruition.
Campbelltown Opera Project
The third opera in the trilogy. Gondwana Choirs, cultural linguist and musician Matthew Doyle toghether composer Michael Atherton are working with local community members and our young local choristers to bring this story of the urban Indigenous experience to life.
Through song and performance, the kids [our choristers] must engage with the audience. They have a voice. Indigenous cultures are oral, so there is a subconscious connection back to that oral culture - back to the roots of storytelling. It brings culture back to life.
Karen Mundine, Communications Manager, Reconciliation Australia & Gondwana Choirs Board.
GNICC perform at NAIDOC Gala Ball, Sydney Convention Centre, July 2011
For more information on the program please contact GNICC Manager Erica Byrne on 02 8274 7004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GNICC program is provided at no cost to participating children, their families or communities.
For more information please contact Sam Allchurch, Development Associate.
Choristers from our Cairns hub, December 2012