Choir hits high notes at festival in Kalamunda

Above: Children enjoyed the face painting stall at the Zig Zag Festival, one of the day’s free activities.The Madjitil Moorna Choir.
Choir hits high notes at festival in Kalamunda
Above: Children enjoyed the face painting stall at the Zig Zag Festival, one of the day’s free activities.The Madjitil Moorna Choir.

A HUGE finale recounted the history of Kalamunda at this year’s 30th ZigZag Arts Festival.

Madjitil Moorna Choir, a community group based in the Perth Hills, staged a magnificent performance, with the 230-strong children’s choir made up of students from primary schools from across the metropolitan area.

In the months leading up to the festival, the choir delivered music and song workshops in schools to teach Noongar songs.

Hundreds of students, teachers and their family supporters converged on Stirk Park on Sunday evening to perform those songs in front of a large, appreciative crowd.

Award-winning Noongar artist Sharyn Egan led a basket weaving circle, and Noongar performer Derek Nannup performed didgeridoo and dance workshops.

This was the 10th year the Madjitil Moorna Choir has sung.

The Little Black Kettle performed its own folky tune from the Black Chooks, and the pace sped up as the Junkadelic Brass Band came on stage.

“The Brass Band told the ‘Home in the Forest’ story and the last poignant number All Our Days ended with the children singing unaccompanied to signify they will own the future,” organiser Celia Cheffins said.

“Overall it was an enormously successful festival and one to be remembered.”