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Fri Sep 22 2017


On September 16, 28 choristers from Australia’s ‘first and finest’ secular boys choir will leave Melbourne to embark on the Australian Boys Choir’s first tour to central Australia in its 77 year history.

The 17 day tour will incorporate performances at Alice Springs’ Desert Song Festival, workshops with communities and choirs in Ntaria/Hermannsburg (including the renowned Ntaria Ladies Choir), Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and Wilpena Pound, singing for the School of the Air and a final performance in Adelaide.

Organisers of the tour have been overwhelmed by the positive response from communities to their forthcoming visit.

“Our tours always have a strong emphasis on musical workshops and collaboration with people in the places we are visiting, as well as performances,” explained Noel Ancell, Artistic Director of the Choir.

“Some of the workshops being planned for this tour have grown to incorporate entire communities.”

A school workshop and small concert planned for Coober Pedy has turned into a major community concert and event that quickly outgrew its planned venue, necessitating a move to a larger venue.

Likewise, the Elders of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges have planned a major community day, including a Welcome to Country, performances and a cultural cookout, to celebrate the choir’s visit.

The touring group of the Australian Boys Choir is comprised of 28 boys ranging from 10 to 15 years of age and 11 members of The Vocal Consort, the choir’s adult male ensemble.

While the choir regularly tours nationally and internationally (plans for the group’s 2018 European tour are currently being finalised), it is the first visit to the Northern Territory.

“For many of our boys, it will be their first visit to remote communities,” Ancell said. “We are honoured that these communities have been so willing to collaborate and share their music and culture.”

“Music is a powerful universal language that has a remarkable ability to bring people together in peace, harmony and joy.”



Saturday 16 September, 5.00pm -  Desert Song Festival, Public Lamentation for Peace, Anzac Hill, Alice Springs. Details:

Sunday 17 September, 3.45pm - Desert Song Festival, A cappella in the Gorge – Ormiston Gorge, Mount Zeil. Details:

Sunday 17 September, 8.00pm - Desert Song Festival, The Finalé concert CSC Theatre, Grevillea Dr, Alice Springs, DETAILS:

Monday 18 September – Hermannsburg School and Ntaria Ladies Choir, workshop

Tuesday 19 September – Alice Springs School of the Air, on air performance and Q & A Session

Wednesday 20 September – St Philip’s College, Alice Springs, performance and workshop with local schools 

Thursday 21 September – Asante Sana Choir and Alice Springs Singers, workshop

Monday 25 September – Nyangatjatjara College and local schools, workshop

Monday 25 September – Ayers Rock Resort, performance

Wednesday 27 September – Coober Pedy Area School, workshop and concert

Friday 29 September – Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, performance (The Vocal Consort)

Saturday 30 September – Wilpena Pound Adnyamathanha Community Day and performance (1pm)

Sunday 1 October, 4.00pm – Pilgrim Church, Flinders St, Adelaide, concert

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