I travelled to Baradine in Week 10 to pull together a show along with other amazing educators with over 300 children from 17 remote communities in New South Wales. It was amazing to see 300 children all unite with one aim: to perform in Dubbo Convention Centre, pieces written by Australian composers and inspired by the land and histories of Australia, specifically Mt Gunderbooka.

The students fine tuned their performances and heard their singing come alive with accompaniment from Song Company (a professional singing chamber choir) and Australian World Orchestra. What a delight to spend the first three days of the school holidays participating in rehearsals and performances by these industry professionals. Of course where the magic happened was when this sound was accompanied by 300 children’s voices. I also particularly LOVED every break where we went outside and I would find the children spending their time off teaching each other singing games. This was like a magnet to me.

The children sang music by Patrick Baker, Josephine Gibson and Kevin Barker. All budding Australian composers who have made their way through the Conservatorium. The MaxED out high school aged students performed their song with movement and Japanese Drumming known as TAIKO. The concert was amazingly executed, professional and it was so refreshing for me to be part of the magic back stage. Although I kept telling each child they needed to ‘break a leg’ or ‘Chookas’ as we say in the entertainment industry, they just wanted some ‘Luck of the Irish’.

The stage was decorated with a backdrop by Wongi Woman Roslyn Sullivan from Western Australia, all hand painted and dyed with materials from the land. For me this was the icing on the cake. Every object/material that made it to the stage was part of the story. It didn’t just look pretty, it was another connection to the land… the storytelling.

The event finished with a lantern parade in the park in the dark. The students paraded around larger than human sized lanterns of wedge tailed eagles and the like. Not only did the students sing about these Australian creatures, they paraded with them after they had performed. It was a stunning finish to 5 days of rehearsal. The end product was that of the most amazing, polished, inspiring showcase of The Arts. It was a pleasure to be a part of and my mind is still bubbling over with ideas.

Sometimes words aren’t enough to describe an experience, as I travelled back from my last trip from Baradine with Moorambilla voices, I took out my laptop and wrote music. Suddenly these words poured out onto my laptop. I may not be a poet, but there is something powerful about just writing without thinking. This is what was in my heart and here it is for you to read. I will be brave and share as our kids always are in sharing their creative pieces.

A sea of smiles

A passion binge

Where connections are formed, the arts are hinged

The talent of many combines to enlighten

The sparkle beams outwards, makes all clear, simply brightens


A courageous plunge, all share part of the soul

Music dances magically, the team as a whole

The sound of purity, clear and true

A means of expression, the honesty of youth


Many voices form one, many movements intertwined

Create connections to the land, to the air, to the sky

While melodies soar and friendships are made

Memories are formed to push through darker days


Feeling blissfully grateful for the magic that arose

Little choristers sparked a current with such energy and glow

Feeling teary but thankful, singing out like a lark

Thank you Moorambilla, you will always be in my heart

Mrs Tara Barr
Head of Music

13th October 2017