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Naina Sen’s THE SONG KEEPERS

Tue Apr 3 2018

Potential Films are thrilled to announce that their new film, Naina Sen’s THE SONG KEEPERS is set to release on APRIL 19.

The Song Keepers, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2017, is a remarkable documentary on the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir as they embark on a historic journey to take back to Germany the hymns that were given to their ancestors by the German missionaries but in their own ancient Aboriginal languages and on their own terms.

 

Release Date: APRIL 19

CINEMA NOVA, LIDO CINEMAS, CLASSIC  CINEMAS, CAMEO CINEMAS, SUN THEATRE (Melbourne)
DENDY CINEMAS (Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra)
STATE CINEMA (Hobart) 

Release Date: MAY 3

TRAK CINEMAS, WALLIS CINEMAS PICCADILLY (Adelaide)
ALICE SPRINGS CINEMA (Alice Springs) 

Dir. by Naina Sen, Australia, 2017. 84 min | Documentary

Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the inspiring story of an Aboriginal women’s choir and their first tour of Germany.

In the churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred hymns and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women that make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.

With the charismatic musical director Morris Stuart, the choir embarks on an historical tour of Germany, singing the baroque Lutheran hymns – brought to Australia by missionaries – in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages.

Together these remarkable women take their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration to the world.

World Premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival
CinefestOZ Film Festival
Closing Night Film at Darwin International Film Festival

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“The Song Keepers is a remarkable and enormously enjoyable documentary” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Standing ovation for the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir” - National Indigenous Television (NITV)

“Joyous ode to cross-cultural collaboration” – Goethe-Institut Australia

  

MEDIA MATERIALS:

STILLS – High res available HERE

TRAILER – available HERE

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

The film director Naina Sen and the choirmaster Morris Stuart are available for interviews. 

FACEBOOK: @thesongkeepers

INSTAGRAM: thesongkeepers

 


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‘New Choral Composition Prize accepting entries’

 Bel a cappella’s inaugural Prize takes Australian music travelling

 Sydney chamber choir Bel a cappella will mark Music Director Anthony Pasquill’s 10 year anniversary with the choir with a tour to Russia and the Baltic in 2021. In early April they launched an initiative linked to the tour that promises to showcase new Australian music to the world.

The Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize will award 3 Australian composers $1500 each for original a cappella choral works for up to 8 voice parts.  

Each of the 3 winning works will have its world premiere in one of the cities in the 2021 tour (to be chosen by the awarded composer), including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. Their Australian premiere will be at the next concert Bel performs upon their return to Australia.

Pasquill believes that Australian choral music certainly has the capacity to match the depth and breadth of that being composed and performed in the traditional choral music countries of northern Europe and this Prize will give him and Bel a cappella the opportunity to demonstrate that.

Choir president Bruce Watson says, "When we launched our fundraising campaign for this Prize we were excited about creating an opportunity to bring new Australian choral music to the world. Now we also know we'll be supporting some local composers through this terrible time when so much work for musicians has vanished." 

Bel a cappella believes their Choral Composition Prize will make a big difference to composers in this difficult time for the Arts across the globe, providing both a sense of creative purpose and significant prize money to the three awarded composers.

Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize

ELIGIBILITY: The Prize is open to any individual who is a permanent resident of Australia or Australian citizen. There is no age limit.

PRIZE PERIOD OPENS: April 1, 2020

PRIZE PERIOD CLOSES: June 30, 2020

A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020

Information/ Web: https://belacappella.org.au/composition-prize

Contact: Pepe Newton | Publicity Officer | publicity@belacappella.org.au  | m 0412 548 703

See the attached flyer for more information. 

 

 

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