New choir sets young Indigenous voices soaring

National Australia Bank (NAB) is pleased to assist the establishment of a new national Indigenous children’s choir by providing support for a series of musical workshops and auditions in schools and Indigenous communities around the country.

The Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir is the first national choir for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia. Gondwana Choirs gives young Indigenous children the chance to work with some of the finest choral conductors and educators in Australia.

The Choir already has its first performance booked in, for The Dreaming festival in Woodford from June 5-8, where approximately 35 children from the newly formed choir will sing alongside the Sydney Children’s Choir in two performances.

Tim O’Leary, NAB General Manager Community and Corporate Responsibility, said “the Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir is a wonderful initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids who are passionate about singing. Projects such as this can make a real difference in children’s lives - not just by building their musical skills but also through new learning experiences and opportunities.

“Five months ago we launched our Reconciliation Action Plan, which sets out a range of long-term commitments to improve opportunities for Indigenous Australians and to address areas of disadvantage.

“One of the ways we can assist is by building mutual understanding and respect for Indigenous Australians, their culture and aspirations. This drew us towards the opportunity to become a partner of the Choir and support the community workshop program” Mr O’Leary said.

Lyn Williams OAM, Artistic Director and Founder of Gondwana Choirs will work with leading Indigenous artists including former Bangarra principal dancer Sani Townson and renowned soprano Deborah Cheetham, to hold musical workshops and auditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school students.

“The workshops give Indigenous children the opportunity to come together and learn valuable skills, have fun and draw on their creative talents,” she said.

Workshop auditions have already been held in Cairns, Horn Island, Thursday Island and Sydney, with more planned for Shepparton and Bowraville in the coming months.

For further information contact:

Felicity Glennie-Holmes
Media Relations Manager
National Australia Bank
T: 03 8634 2910
M: 0412 673 038