Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
A report by the Australian Council for the Arts reveals a growing interest in Indigenous arts with 89 per cent of respondents saying indigenous arts are an important part of Australian culture.

The report, More than bums on seats - Australian participation in the arts, is welcomed by the Artistic Director of The Australian Voices (TAV), Gordon Hamilton, who said it was helping raise awareness about Australian music, in particular, indigenous inspiration which TAV had been performing for 17 years across the globe.

“The report highlights what TAV has been championing for years - the importance of nurturing Indigenous artistic talent, especially among youths,” said Hamilton.

TAV recently awarded Lizzie Laughton, a 14-year old indigenous music prodigy from Armidale, NSW, a scholarship to attend the TAV Singers and Composers School at the Queensland Conservatorium which gave young musicians the opportunity to workshop with experienced composers and singers.

Executive Director of Yalari, Llew Mullins, said Yalari and TAV had a common goal of nurturing the talent of youths and providing them with opportunities they would otherwise not have had access to.

“The wonderful talent of the singers and the guidance of Gordon Hamilton has given Lizzie confidence in her musical ability and shown her how wide the musical landscape can be, which quite possibly could include the sounds of her Indigenous ancestors and ancestral land,” she said.

Mullins also said the only way to address the Indigenous welfare and social issues was to educate children to become their own leaders in their communities and the wider nation of Australia.

“Indigenous music is so varied - as old as thousands of years in some cases and as modern as the present in others. It is vitally important to nurture all creativity in the Indigenous youth of Australia not only for the benefit of the individual but for Australian and international audiences,” she said.

Hamilton said Indigenous people had historically been under-represented in the field of Australian classical music in comparison to, say, fine-art.

“We'd like to see more engagement with indigenous people in the form of commissions, scholarships and collaborations,” he said.

Hamilton, who spent five years touring Europe with his own vocal ensemble, said overseas audiences were passionate about hearing Australian music inspired by indigenous tradition, one of which was his piece Yango based on an indigenous creation story.

“Yango produced an amazing reaction in Europe whenever we performed it and I’m extremely proud that Australian music made such an impact,” he said.

TAV is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ensemble whose motto is “singing Australia to the world” and has commissioned several compositions inspired by indigenous history including Uluru, Glasshouse Mountains and Kondalilla by Stephen Leek; Honey-White Black Stump Koori Kid by Nicholas Ng; Sky Song by Daniel Walker and Under the Shadow of Kiley's Hill by Gordon Hamilton.

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The Australian Voices – Singing Australia to the World

The Australian Voices (TAV) has championed new Australian choral music around the world since 1993. The mission of TAV is to commission, perform, record and promote the music of Australian composers to the highest international artistic standards. They were multiple gold medallists at the Choir Olympics in China and prize-winners at the Choir of the World competition in Wales. Their new music vividly captures the sound, colours and energy of the Australian continent and its people. The singers come from all over Australia and commit to a rigorous professional schedule of concerts and workshops, both in Australia and overseas each year.
Internationally respected, TAV has performed new Australian music at high-profile international events around the world for over seventeen years (often winning international awards). TAV has criss-crossed the globe participating in major musical events in Hungary, the UK, Malaysia, Poland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Canada, Belgium, China, Central America, Spain, Taiwan, Korea, The Czech Republic and America.
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Yalari - Educating Indigenous Children

Yalari provides and supports Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities and towns throughout Australia to gain access to a first-class secondary education through scholarships to attend some of Australia’s leading boarding schools.

Established in 2005, Yalari now supports 180 children around Australia enrolled at schools in 34 partnership schools in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. Yalari was founded by Indigenous educator Waverley Stanley and his wife Llew Mullins.
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