Everyone is welcome to come and sing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Songs - both old and new, in languages of the country including our local Noongar and English!
Since 2006 we've been led by award-winning Aboriginal and TSI singers, songwriters and performers who generously bring songs - mostly contemporary - to the repertoire for all to share.
Currently, we sing songs brought to us by George Walley, Della Rae Morrison, Aunty Josie Boyle, Gina Williams, Honey Webb, David Milroy, Karla Hart, Candice Lloyd and Delly Stokes. Kobi Morrison is our anchor man, on guitar with Jo Randell on harmony support. In 2017 we're hoping to learn a couple of songs brought to us by our patron, the all round inspiring artist, Richard Walley. We're always on the lookout for new songs and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island performers happy to share them with the choir.
All ages, all voices, all backgrounds accepted. As Aunty Karl Mourach says to anyone who thinks they can't sing, 'That's why you need a choir!'.
And to quote Aunty Josie Boyle, ' We're all the same when we're singing together'.
When does the choir practice?
We practice on Monday nights in Forrestfield (excluding school and public holidays) and perform all over the Perth metro area and across WA when invited. Please arrive by 6.45pm for a 7pm start. (6.30pm for refreshments)
How much does choir practice cost?
To help cover the cost of rehearsals, we have an entrance fee of $10.00 for waged members, and $5.00 for unwaged members per session. We may ask for a little more if we have more than one professional artist leading us.
How do I learn the songs?
To get you ready for performance, all songs are available on a USB demonstrating all parts (melody and harmonies - high, med or low).
Song sheets are available on practice night. Please make up your own folder (available from Angela at $2.00) and bring to practice. Practice CDs are available or bring a USB for loading audio files. Some songs can be listened to on YouTube. (Some people like to bring a device to record their own parts. )
Tell me more about the performances?
For gigs and performances, our choir dress code is black clothes with a Madjitil Moorna yellow scarf ($10). You will also need a Working With Children card as we regularly visit schools. Application forms can be picked up from Australia Post. They need to be signed by Lee or Jo who can help you with your form.
I'm a little nervous starting for the first time...
It can be scary starting out with a choir if you haven't sung for years. Just be gentle on yourself and take your time. A great tip for first timers: 'Just trust.....and the ancestors will guide you in the right direction....when you're quiet' - Jemma King, media producer.
Mary Jo (MJ), Angela or Lee will welcome you warmly at the door and make sure you have lyrics. Help yourself to a cuppa and chat before we start singing at 7pm.
Speak to MJ if you want to help in any way e.g. looking after merchandise, helping at events, photocopying music sheets etc.