castlemaine-created2Castlemaine Millennium Chorus and Band, Archie Roach, Shane Howard, Lamine Sonko & other feature artists

Australia, a sea of lives and stories, afloat on this burnt red island
All in the same boat, we share our heritage, our memories
Lives carved here over millennia
Others who sailed for fortune
And some — wrenched unwillingly and flung a world away, brimming with sorrows.

Gurrong is a choral exploration of 250 years of immigration; a taste of the boundless ideas, aspirations, stories and music, compassion and welcome that infuse this ancient land.

Designed and directed by Jane Thompson and James Rigby for Boite Millennium Chorus concert in 2014, these amazing local song meisters will present Gurrong with the Castlemaine chapter of the Melbourne Millennium Chorus including over 80 voices. Complemented by an outstanding band and a suite of other feature artists, this performance will move and inspire all who see it.

“The Gurrong concert was a profoundly moving experience for me. My love for this country in
which my heart has found its home, was simultaneously deepened and lifted.
The possibility of unity in diversity shines so brilliantly in the spirit
of the music selected, arranged and performed so beautifully.
My faith in the future of humanity is consequently restored.
It is an honour to be in this boat with you all.”


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