National NAIDOC Ball - Sydney
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

National NAIDOC Ball - Sydney

Mission Songs Project will be entertaining you at the National Naidoc Ball this year, 2018. 

 The National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony is the premier event on the National Indigenous Calendar. To Kick off NAIDOC Week, the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards will be announced at a black tie ceremony and ball held in the 2018 focus city of Sydney! 

There are 10 Award categories that recognise the outstanding contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people, promote issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field. 

The event will include a 3 course meal, limited alcohol and beverages, all-star entertainment and the presentation of the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards.

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Mission Songs Project - Sing Along!
Jul
7
3:00 PM15:00

Mission Songs Project - Sing Along!

Bring your voices and instruments to join Jessie Lloyd and friends in a mass jam session of songs from the Missions era.

Come to celebrate the history and strength of our Indigenous community through the music and songs from The Songs Back Home album and more. Bring your creative flair and be prepared to sing along with music and charts available from melbournerecital.com.au

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Deline Briscoe - Wawu
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Deline Briscoe - Wawu

Yalanji songwoman Deline Briscoe’s creative vision is realised in her debut solo album Wawu: Spirit

Capturing the imaginations, hearts and ears of her audiences, Deline and her band gracefully relate the human emotions to inspire healing, strength and empowerment — a spiritual experience as much as it is a musical journey. She will accompanied by some amazing musicians around Melbourne including, Jessie Lloyd, Emma Donovan and Jessica Hitchcock.

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival Mission Songs
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Mission Songs

Reviving contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, Mission Songs Project focuses on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated.

Beautifully sung and artfully articulated by this vocal quartet led by Jessie Lloyd, the day to day life of the mission period, from cultural identity to love and loss, is explored through secular songs that shed light on the almost forgotten stories of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, families and communities.

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In Concert With Felix Riebl
May
15
to May 16

In Concert With Felix Riebl

A dazzling choral and instrumental music showcase featuring Australia’s premier Public Schools Instrumental Ensembles, the Combined Secondary Schools Choir and guest artist, Felix Riebl.

Felix Riebl is a singer, songwriter, and composer based in Melbourne. He is the co-founder, band leader and principal songwriter of the internationally acclaimed band The Cat Empire, who have made multi-platinum albums. He will join over 1000 young musicians from around the State as they come together filling Sydney Town Hall with an evening of celebration and song.

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Mission Songs: Yirramboi Festival
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Mission Songs: Yirramboi Festival

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is a citywide Blakout, gathering creative visionaries from across Victoria, Australia and around the world on the lands of the Kulin, Nairm. A ten day feast of arts and cultural events that honours the visions of yesterday and dreams forward into tomorrow.

Mission Songs will be showcasing at the Melbourne Town Hall, an incredible venue which they will make full use of, including the organ. Having spent the last two month touring the album throughout the east of Australia, Mission songs will come together for a performance of a lifetime. With the full band preparing and rehearsing for the weeks leading up to this performance this will be a show not to be missed.

 

About: Mission Songs

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Campbelltown Arts Centre Residency: Mission Songs
Apr
27
to Apr 30

Campbelltown Arts Centre Residency: Mission Songs

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At the Campbelltown Arts Centre Mission Songs will be rehearsing for a performance on the 29th of April. This residency is about getting the band together and preparing for a very special performance at Yirramboi Festival in Melbourne the following weekend. Whilst also finding new depths in the music and the stories. 

About: Mission Songs

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Songs: Reconciliation event
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Mission Songs: Reconciliation event

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Short Black Opera for Kids
Mar
20
to Mar 24

Short Black Opera for Kids

Short Black Opera for Kids is our week long regional engagement program. Strengthening traditional song-lines by creating new songs, written and performed by the children themselves. SBO for kids encourages traditional language to be shared in a respectful and memorable way. Each week ends with a free concert at the venue where SBO has worked, this concert will be held at GPAC.

This will our third visit to Geelong, we have had many triumphs with the children here and hope to continue to achieve great things with the children from around this area. 

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Mission Song
Mar
17
to Mar 19

Mission Song

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Song with special guests
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Mission Song with special guests

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Songs
Mar
12
5:45 PM17:45

Mission Songs

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Songs
Mar
11
1:30 PM13:30

Mission Songs

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Songs Project: Offical Album Launch
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Mission Songs Project: Offical Album Launch

This performance of Mission Songs will be a very special night indeed, with album of music official launching it is a night not to be missed as we bring the whole band together for a night of incredible story telling. 

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Songs, Elders and Community show
Mar
5
2:00 PM14:00

Mission Songs, Elders and Community show

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Songs
Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Mission Songs

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

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Mission Songs
Mar
3
10:00 PM22:00

Mission Songs

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

 

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Mission Songs
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Mission Songs

The gala dinner at Melbourne Recital centre is one of many highlights that this beautiful space has to offer. For those lucky enough to see inside this event you will see a spectacular array of bouquets and dropping curtains across the stage as it is set for a feast. 

Opening the evening with a welcome to country from Deborah Cheetham OA, Mission Songs project sang The Irex. Sung as a duet between Jessie Lloyd and Jessica Hitchcock the two stood up the back of the hall serenading guest who sat on the stand. 

The story of the Irex

The Irex was the name of a boat that used to transport people from the mainland of Queensland over to Palm Island, many of those who travelled on this boat we displaced and removed as punishment under the Protection of Aborigines Act. This also included young children who are now considered part of the Stolen Generation.

‘The Irex’ was a song that was sung in memory of those lost children and loved ones, as families did not know if they would ever see them again. With the author unknown, it is assumed the song was sung on Palm Island since the 1920s-1930s, with many elders still familiar with the tune and its sentiment today.

Photo from Mission songs project

Photo from Mission songs project

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The Secrets of Pecan Summer: NITV Broadcast
Feb
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Secrets of Pecan Summer: NITV Broadcast

A documentary on the making of Pecan Summer the opera. 2016 saw Short Black Opera perform on the concert stage of the Sydney Opera House. After five years it was time to bring this incredible story to Bendalong Point and NITV were there every step of the way to capture the emotional ups and downs of it creator Deborah Cheetham OA and all its cast. 

About: Pecan Summer

Sixty thousand years of Yorta Yorta history. 70 years of dispossession.

The summer of 1939 will change the lives of the people of Cummeragunja forever. Alice is nine years old. Her family is her entire world. Alice’s world is about to be torn apart.  

Opportunities to view Australia’s history through an Indigenous lens are rare in the world of opera. Cheetham’s Pecan Summer is a landmark opera for the 21st century, a contemporary opera for Indigenous Australians, a story for all Australians.  

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