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West Australian Symphony Orchestra helps keep the Noongar language alive

WASO in Karijini – Photo supplied by WASO

Koorlangka is described as ‘a modern take on ancient music’, with all songs performed in Noongar language. A one-hour suite of lullabies and traditional stories exploring the theme of children and legacy, these thought-provoking and beautiful works delighted everyone in their debut at the 2019 Karijini Experience.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet of Assistant Concertmaster Semra Lee-Smith, Principal 2nd Violin Zak Rowntree, Elliot O’Brien (viola) and Nick Metcalfe (cello) performed alongside writers Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse. Russell Holmes (piano), was additionally responsible for the exquisite arrangements of the works. Many of these songs were inspired by the visit made by Gina and Guy to last year’s Karijini Experience.

Koorlangka was performed again on Monday 3rd June at the Denmark Festival of Voice, continuing WASO’s delivery of beautiful music to regional areas of Western Australia.

Koorlangka will be further developed and performed as part of a variety of programs with WASO’s Education Chamber Orchestra in October and November, and then in a full symphony orchestra performance as part of the 2020 Perth Festival.

We would love to share more of our journey alongside the evolution of Koorlangka and the exciting developments across chamber and full orchestra performances. Stay up to date with all of our activities by joining our SymphonEnews list here or follow us on Facebook.

Opera in the Gorge – Photo by Base Imagery