Youth Music Festival

16 - 18 Nov | Sound Shell


BOOKINGS

 

Youth Music Festival

16 - 18 Nov | Sound Shell


BOOKINGS

 

Youth Music Festival

16 - 18 Nov | Sound Shell


BOOKINGS

 

Youth Music Festival

16 - 18 Nov | Sound Shell


BOOKINGS

Short Black Opera

Short Black Opera


Short Black Opera

Deborah Cheetham (AO)

Geoffrey Badger - Photo by Chris Sheedy

Greg Sheenan - Photo by Chris Sheedy

Children from Bermagui Public School rehearse with Geoffrey Badger and Greg Sheehan for the Friday Schools Showcase event of the Youth Music Festival

Mother Mountain Song

Short Black Opera (SBO) works extensively with indigenous and regional communities and now engages with educators and young singers through the Dhungala Choral Connections Songbook. Included in this Songbook is the song Mother Mountain which was written by children from the Yuin communities of Eden, Narooma and Bermagui at a Four Winds facilitated workshop in 2017 with guidance from SBO. The Youth Music Festival will see a special massed-choir performance of Mother Mountain being performed by local primary school children.

In the lead up to the Youth Festival, Deborah Cheetham (AO) led an inspirational workshop at Four Winds with choir leaders from the Far South Coast to help them teach and engage their choirs with songs from the Dhungala Choral Connections Songbook. She also conducted a rehearsal with local young singers at Four Winds of ‘Mother Mountain’ in the week prior to the Festival.

Mother Mountain

A Short Black Opera
written with local Yuin children

I see you every day Mother Mountain,
Gulaga
Laying on your bed of trees and stone.
Your children are the island and the mountain
Ngajunuga Baranguba, call me home.

Listen to the story of the island,
Gulaga
Baranguba sing your sacred song.
Eldest son of Guluga the mountain
When I see you I remember I belong.

Ngajunuga, longing for the ocean,
Gulaga
By your mother’s side you must be.
Ev’ry time I see you I remember
Just how much this country means to me.