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10 April, 2022

Moorambilla is back

Moorambilla voices has been back to Gilgandra Public School and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to offer free music skill development workshops to any student interested.

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Moorambilla is a national choir that meets with 140 schools from towns such as Bourke, Coonabarabran and Walgett but will also travel to smaller town across the Northwest parts of NSW.

On Thursday, March 31, Gilgandra students were not only singing beautiful melodies, but also laughing at ‘Billie the Bird’, a book written by Come By Chance local Cathy Colless, illustrated by Tracy Loughlin, set to music by Andrew Howes.

This book was written specifically for this year’s wonderful workshops, and features Gilgandra.

“I was overjoyed by the children’s response to Billie The Bird, and delighted by the joy and untapped talent in Gilgandra,” said artistic director and founder of Moorambilla Voices, Michelle Leonard OAM.

With its core focus being on regional talent, the choir encourages their participants and students, to try something new and get involved with the arts.

“Having the opportunity to meet like-minded peers, and sing, dance and drum with joy is genuinely life changing for all of the children who take up this remarkable opportunity,” said Ms Leonard.

As well as offering free workshops to schools, Moorambilla is also selecting and inviting students to audition for their camps, ensembles, and tours around the country. This is a great opportunity for regional youth to expand their opportunities within the creative arts sector, whilst also creating long-lasting connections.

“This year, Moorambilla’s artistic focus will be led by the Collarenebri community, and celebrate having shared connections to the river,” said Ms Leonard.

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