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Bora ring : SATB choir

by Sandra Milliken (2003)

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Performance by Queensland Youth Choir, Sandra Milliken from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 57

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 57


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 57 / works by Sandra Milliken.

Library shelf no. CD 2666 [Available for loan]

Bora ring


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Bora ring / Sandra Milliken ; [text by] Judith Wright.

Library shelf no. 782.5554/MIL 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I must admit that I am a passionate fan of the poet, Judith Wright, who spent much of her time as a social activist campaigning for Aboriginal land rights. Her work is grounded in the distinctive landscape of her native Australia and her writings are so full of colour and imagery that they lend themselves ideally to being set to music. In Bora Ring, Wright grieves the loss of the culture and traditions of Aboriginal Australians.

Bora rings are circular formations found in south-east Australia. They comprise circles of foot-hardened earth surrounded by raised embankments. Bora rings generally appear in pairs with a larger circle connected to a smaller one by a straight path. The rings were an integral part of Australian Aboriginal culture as the site used in the tribal initiation ceremonies whereby the boys of the tribe passed into manhood.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: SATB choir.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Experienced amateur.

Commission note: Commissioned by Queensland Youth Choir for performance by Voiceworks.. For "VoiceWorks" on the occasion of Festival 500, Canada, June 2003

First performance: by Queensland Youth Choir — 1 Jul 03. Festival 500, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Performances of this work

15 Aug 2010: at Soup & Song (Clyde Public Hall). Featuring Da Capo Singers, Yallourn Madrigal Singers.

5 Jun 2010: at The Listening Land (Berwick Masonic Hall). Featuring Da Capo Singers, Simon Loveless.

1 Jul 03: Festival 500, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. Featuring Queensland Youth Choir.

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