Musicians from Forbes and further afield joined up last week for a nationwide initiative to record a beautiful Indigenous piece of music. Musicians and singers from all over Australia recorded ‘Morning Star, Evening Star’ as part of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Online Orchestra – the country’s largest virtual orchestra.
This year’s piece of music for this annual event, is a newly commissioned song written by Yugambeh songwoman and Indigenous Ethnomusicologist Candace Kruger, with co-writers Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger. Morning Star, Evening Star is based on an Aboriginal lullaby sung by Lottie Eaton [nee Levigne] to Candace and Lann and tells the story of two stars seen in the Australian skies.
Members of the Forbes Shire Concert Band and Parkes Shire Concert Band (PSCB), as well as local string players from Trundle and Eugowra were delighted to be part of the initiative, with Parkes High School student Hannah Dun singing. PSCB’s Duncan Clement was conducting, and Darren Mann did the recording.
“All musicians involved have been greatly encouraged by the opportunity to play and sing such beautiful music together,” said organiser Pam Parkin.
“It is always a lot of fun to play music in a bigger group, and to be able to do so with a piece of music which describes the beauty of our Australian skies so well – it was a real treat.”
The group plan to perform Morning Star, Evening Star at the NAIDOC celebrations at the Wirdadjuri Amphitheatre in Parkes, tomorrow, Saturday July 10, depending on COVID restrictions on the day.
By Maggi Barnard Editor,