Each year, The Boîte Millennium Chorus brings hundreds of singers from all over the state together for a grand concert in Melbourne. Chorus members from Richmond to Mallacoota rehearse for nine weeks for this spectacular event. Everyone is welcome to join!
Boite Millennium Chorus 2017 - Haven
This is the 20th Boîte Millennium Chorus, connecting passionate singers with exceptional songs about the complex world we inhabit. We explore and celebrate cultural diversity, and welcome singers of all ages and abilities to join us from right across the state and beyond. Following ten weeks of rehearsals, we will deliver a stunning concert at the Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Sunday 20th August at 2:30pm.
As we did in the 10th event of the series, we are reflecting upon the past decade, selecting songs from each of the concerts.
The driving gospel song Freedom Road, is about slaves who risked all to walk that treacherous road to freedom. The gentle Mai Fali Eh calls children home at sunset, and expatriate Timorese home to build a new nation. Geoffrey Williams’ The Boat is about his mother sailing on board HMS Windrush from the Caribbean to England, full of hope. Shelter is Lamine Sonko’s song about a lonely man fleeing war.
There are songs about the joys of life. Lari Bazar celebrates the hustle and bustle of the market place whilst Gurumul Yunupingu’s Marrandil is a sublime song about villagers running out to the mud flats to get shell fish before the tide comes in.
Our Home Our Land is Lou Bennett’s anthem to the the land that nurtures us. Todo Cambia - Everything Changes - Julio Nunhauser’s profound song sung in the 2010 Millennium Chorus by Sally Ford, resulted in a beautiful YouTube (Go to Youtube/boitemusic/Todo Cambia).
The late Melanie Shanahan, our first and much loved choir director (1999 and 2000) will be recognised through her song Walk With Me.
We hope to have all Millennium Chorus choir leaders from the past decade involved in the concert both teaching and conducting their songs. Christine Storey, Boîte Millennium Chorus project manager and coordinating conductor, and the Boîte team will be supporting them, and you, all the way to the final performance.