Each year the Boite Millennium Chorus combines 250-400 singers from all accross the state to come together to rehearse for 9 weeks in Richmond, Mallacoota, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Mornington, Sassafras, Wangaratta, Albury, Castlemaine and Ballarat, culminating in a grand concert at the Hamer Hall in August. EVeryone is welcome to join! Enrolments start in April 2015.
One Africa 2015
Each year the Boite engages with a creative team to develop a concert with a strong theme reflecting our diverse multicultural community. 300 singers from Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria rehearse for 9 weeks in venues across the state culminating in a grand performance at a prestegious Melbourne venue supported by a line-up of inspiring artists and performers.
2015 will feature Lamine Sonko as Artistic Director and Jen Skate as Choir Director. The theme One Africa will feature music, culture and dance from across the African continent, combining all African countries to unite as One Africa!
Lamine Sonko was born in West Africa into a family of Griots, custodians of ancient lineages, functioning as the eyes and ears of the community. Lamine mixes traditional with contemporary, in his band Lamine Sonko and the Afro Intelligence. collaboration One Africa with Guinea drummer King Marong celebrating their shared cultural heritage. Lamine also performs in Public Opinion Afro-Orchestra and Afrobiotics.
Jen Skate is a music educator with a passion for traditional African music. She directed the Pan African Choir and has performed with Adzohu as singer and percussionist. Her recent project took her to Ghana with Kojo Sam Adjei and Chris Lesser, to record and archive traditional, endangered music.
Gurrong 2014 – New Treasures in an Old Land
In 2014 we explored 250 years of immigration bringing new ideas, aspirations, stories and especially music to our ancient continent, Australia.
People have arrived from places of economic or political hardship and strife, seeking security and freedom, in the home of the oldest living cultures on earth.
Gurrong - New Treasures in an Old Land, celebrated in song and story, a bringing together of this richness in all its diversity and beauty. The concert was held at Hamer Hall on Saturday August 30th, with a packed audience of 1800 people. The event was a huge success.
Join hundreds of singers in learning repertoire for the Millennium Chorus. Rehearsals are relaxed, fun, uplifting and energising. Melbourne Metro rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons from June/ July 2015 in Richmond. Regional choir groups from across Victoria rehearse in their local area, and travel to Melbourne to join the final rehearsal and concert. Visit the Regional Choir page for further information.