Here are some words from Rachel Hore, organiser and workshop leader of the Big Sing in the Desert.
“Big Sing in the Desert was held from Thurs 6th to Sun 9th June, 2013 at Ross River Homestead, about 80 km from Alice Springs. In attendance were 77 non-Indigenous participants from every state across Australia and 55+ Aboriginal people from 6 remote communities. After sharing a meal together, an evening program of singing tuition was led by tutors Rachel Hore and Morris Stuart, followed by informal time or an early night.
It is now the third time Big Sing in the Desert has been held (2010, 2012, 2013) and already there has been a steady progression in the confidence and level of cross cultural sharing between all participants at the event, especially the remote groups. For example, a group of 3 young women from Laramba joined us in 2012. This year they brought back an additional 6 others, participated much more in the tuition, sang at the concert and occupied their place around the campfire (rather than spending a lot of time in their room). They have been attending choir rehearsals in their community every Monday night over the past year, since attending Big Sing in the Desert in 2012. Last year, a leader from Ntaria was confident enough toshare conducting a round late on day two of the program: this year she did so on the first night. “
and here is a link to some wonderful photos of the event. Scarlet’s Fund is delighted and honoured to have been able to support two young indigenous women to travel to attend this event.