The Flame Tree Choral Project returns for 2022
Partnering with WollCon to showcase Australian compositions
Flame Tree Project Manager Ms Kate Whitworth (pictured above) is no stranger to tackling large choral projects. Having many years of experience working with children’s choirs on stages from the Wollongong Town Hall right through to the Sydney Opera House, her latest program – The Flame Tree Project – combines her love of children’s choirs with the Illawarra environment.
“I have worked with some pretty amazing people both here in the Illawarra and throughout Australia. I wanted to provide our young Illawarra children with the opportunity to develop original compositions that connect to where we live. The Flame Tree Project annual program takes primary school aged children (Years 3-8) on that journey”.
The Flame Tree program is inspired by ‘Oola Boola Woo – The Story of Five Islands’, and has been brought together with the support and collaboration of the Coomaditchie Aboriginal United Corporation in Port Kembla.
“Having had to postpone our 2021 program due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to now be bringing to life new songs and music which capture the might of the westerly wind and the creation of Five Islands with our new partner for 2022, The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music”. Said Kate.
Participants of the Flame Tree Project last year
“We’re excited to be working with the Flame Tree Project team, and showcasing new Australian music compositions that draw inspiration from place and our Indigenous history. Providing young singers with opportunities to sing new Australian works inspired by the place they live is remarkable and a project that we are delighted to support.”
Four composers, Andrew Howes, Josephine Gibson, Rachel Bruerville and Annie Kwok were commissioned to produce original pieces of work for this program.
The Flame Tree Project students will come together with Kate and a choreographer for 4 full days (in July & August) at The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, before performing their work to the community.Program patron and Artistic Director of Moorambilla Voices Regional Children’s Choir Michelle Leonard OAM, sees the value of the Flame Tree Project across many social and school learning objectives.
“Watching young children grow in resilience, self-esteem and self-expression through their collective pursuit of musical excellence in a choir is one of life’s great joys. Having an artistic vehicle to share stories, connections to place and to create deep connections to each other is such a gift in anyone’s life”. Said Michelle.
The Flame Tree Project 2022 workshops ar scheduled for 23/24 July and August (TBC) 2022.
Applications are now open for the Flame Tree Project for 2022 – Submit an application.
The cost of the choral program will be $155 and includes rehearsals and workshops, provision of mp3 files, afternoon refreshments and any craft/sculpture materials required.
Creative Kids Vouchers may be used, additionally some subsidised places are available courtesy of the program supporters: IMB Community Foundation, Coomaditchie Aboriginal United Corporation, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and IRSO Recruitment.