Calling Home

The final concert to take place on our Outdoor Stage this year is a moving alternative to traditional Christmas Carols.

Calling Home is an end-of-year celebration that brings together people of all ages, faiths and traditions for a musical concert like no other.

The worldly voices of Yirrmal, Parvyn Singh, Solli Raphael, Lior and Sheikh Mohamed Ali are backed by euphoric musical arrangements from William Barton, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and The Australian Voices. Physical theatre company, Five Angry Men will perform The Bells as part of this uplifting festive event.

Director Benjamin Knapton with the musical direction of Gordon Hamilton will meld the sensational voices with choir and orchestra, weaving cultural traditions together with spoken word and spectacular physical performance.

Calling Home is the perfect chance to come together with loved ones and experience something truly extraordinary.

This event is part of the HOME series.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lior

Lior is one of Australia’s most successful singer-songwriters, renowned for his beautiful voice and songs that radiate truth and sincerity. Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album – ‘Autumn Flow’. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by the much loved and timeless opening track ‘This Old Love’. Subsequent singles ‘Daniel’ and the title track ‘Autumn Flow’ both secured high rotation airplay via the national broadcaster Triple J, and further cemented this album into the hearts of the Australian public. Lior has toured extensively both in Australia and internationally and has been a regular performer at WOMAD and art festivals around the world, including an entire season at the Edinburgh Festival. Alongside his own tours, Lior has also toured in collaboration with artists such as Melbourne vocal group ‘Invenio’ headed by Gian Slater, as well as several visual artists, string quartets and full orchestras nationally.Follow Lior on Facebook, Instagram and listen to him on Soundcloud

Parvyn Singh

Parvyn is both, and exudes a seemingly effortless grace and purity in her movement and voice. Having been brought up in Adelaide, South Australia, she is at home in both Eastern and Western styles of music and dance. Whether its classical Indian melody and rhythm or improvised jazz vocalisations she has an inherent knowledge which seamlessly moves through the different genres. She is the lead female singer of Melbourne’s original Bollywood outfit The Bombay Royale and has been performing on stages around the world from childhood with her father Dya Singh. She also performs with her husband Josh Bennett and music chameleon Andrew Clermont in the band BluGuru and duo project, Singh and Blanes, with extraordinaire Jazz pianist and vocalist Hue Blanes. Internationally she has performed at the Winnepeg Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Folk Fest, Hillside Festival in Canada, California World Music Fest, Glastonbury, Womad UK, Cambridge Folk Fest, Royal Albert Hall, Singapore Arts Festival, Smithsonian Institute, and extensively across Sikh community venues all over the globe. Here in Australia she often performs at festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, WOMADelaide, Fairbridge Folk Festival and many other multicultural events across all states.
Follow Parvyn on Facebook, Instagram and listen to her via her website

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra 

Camerata was founded in 1987 by acclaimed string educator Elizabeth Morgan AM, as an idealistic ensemble of emerging artists which she then formed into a chamber orchestra in 2005. Performing without a conductor, the Artistic Associates and their guest artists proudly take full ownership of the music to form a thriving, refreshing, and acclaimed voice witin the Australian Arts landscape. Camerata has established itself as a chamber orchestra of national significance with an outstanding trach record of artistic achievement.

The Australian Voices Choir

It is with high artistic energy that The Australian Voices (TAV) commission and perform the work of Australian composers. 2018 commissions include Lachlan Skipworth, Lisa Young, Alice Chance, Joe Twist, Sean O’Boyle and Gordon Hamilton.

The ensemble tours internationally every year and has been awarded some of the highest honours in choral music, including gold medals at the World Choir Games and first prizes at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

Solli Raphael

Crowned youngest ever Australian Poetry Slam champion at only 12-years-old and successfully publishing his first book, Limelight, Solli Raphael is a budding humanitarian and environmental conservationist who uses original work to instigate conversations about issues that affect future generations.
Having performed as a slam poet and keynote speaker at national and international conferences, corporate, lifestyle and charity events, literary festivals, in countless schools as well as on TV shows such as The Project, Q&A, Studio10 and ABC Breakfast News, Solli has found himself receiving accolades for his inspirational input into the lives of youth and adults alike.

From breaking stereotypes, fighting for equality, to relatable experiences and environmental proactivism, Solli creatively tackles compelling topics. Solli’s goal is to generate compassion and inspiration across issues that inevitably affect each and every member of his audience as well as the wider community.

You will be in awe of this resolute, humble and kind teen who inspirationally speaks words of wisdom beyond his years.

Yirrmal

Yirrmal is a new generation Indigenous Australian artist, a Yolngu man from the community of Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land. An aspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautifully powerful voice, singing songs about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years.

Inspired by heroes Yothu Yindi, Yirrmal is refreshing singer songwriter, fusing tradition and contemporary with class and passion.

Yirrmal is related to Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu on his mother’s side, and his father, Witiyana Marika, was a singer and dancer in Yothu Yindi.

Yirrmal’s debut studio recording DEEP BLUE SEA (soundcloud link below) was produced by Carlo Santone (Blue King Brown) & Craig Pilkington (Archie Roach / Gurrumul).

Yirrmal is connecting a new found sound and engaging the hearts of all who are lucky enough to hear him.

William Barton

Composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, William is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers.

“I grew up on a cattle station just outside Mt Isa in northwest Queensland. I started learning the didgeridoo from about the age of seven from my uncle, Arthur Peterson. He was an elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga people.”

For two decades, William Barton has forged a peerless profile as a performer and composer in the classical musical world, from the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, Anzac Cove and the Beijing Olympics. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. With his prodigious musicality and the quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo — and the culture and landscape that it represents.

His mother — singer, songwriter and poet Delmae Barton — remembers him dancing to Elvis Presley when he could barely stand. He recalls Beethoven and Vivaldi streaming from ABC classic FM radio, and AC/DC in his cassette player. Through it all, the hypnotic whoop and drone of the didgeridoo wove a common thread in his imagination.

Looking to indulge?

Gourmet Hamper – $50

Enjoy a Gourmet Hamper for two, including hand-selected cheeses, breads and antipasto delights with two glasses of your choice of red, white or sparkling wine.

Indulgence Hamper – $75

Treat yourself to the Indulgence Hamper for two, including hand-selected cheeses, breads and antipasto delights, served with fresh Australian prawns. All accompanied by two glasses of your choice of red, white or sparkling wine, and an assortment of chocolate truffles.

Whichever you choose, simply add it to your basket when purchasing your tickets.

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