The catalyst for this collaboration came about after the ACO was approached by Djarragun College outside Cairns - which caters for predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children - to assist in the development of its music program.
The ACO knew that Gondwana Choirs already had a strong music education presence in the area through the creation and growth of the successful Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir.
The two groups saw the opportunity to work together on a range of artistic and education projects, providing mentoring and support to the college’s music teacher while introducing the students and the Gondwana choristers to the music of the ACO in a rich range of ways.
The collaboration process gave rise to the joint commissioning of new work for string orchestra and children’s choir based on local language and story. In fact, discussions are now underway for future artistic commissions, addressing a need to boost the existing repertoire for string quartet and children’s choir.
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