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ACO Inspire Quartet

Posted on 12 Apr 2017 by Cristina Maldonado

ACO Inspire at GCICC camp. Photo credit Lyn Williams.

In early March, we travelled to Cairns as part of the ACO’s annual regional touring program. It was fantastic for us to return to the Gondwana Cairns Indigenous Children’s Choir (GCICC) Camp up in the Atherton Tablelands. We collaborated with the Choir last year for their annual camp and a performance to open the new Cairns public park space, Martin Munro Parklands. At the Camp, we spent the whole day with the students running sectionals, playing with the younger choir and running a concert and workshop. A lot of the younger singers weren't there last year, so it was great to work with the new choristers. 

Undoubtedly, one of the most special things we did up at the Tablelands was to meet Gimuy Yidinji elder Gudju Gudju (Seith Fourmile), and spend a wonderful hour and a half, talking with him about Country and his life. ACO Collective will travel to Cairns in September to perform a companion piece to Luke Byrne’s Stormbird with GCICC which is inspired by local stories shared by Seith.

ACO Inspire at GCICC camp. Photo credit Lyn Williams.

We also paid a visit to Djarragun College, a school for predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Gordonvale, to run an ACO Music & Art class with year 5 students and perform for children in years 2 to 6. During the class, students learned to create artworks in response to music.