NSW Choirs combine to honor Dr G Yunupingu on Australia Day

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Hundreds of singers from school and community choirs will join together in song on Australia Day 2018 in the annual ‘Salute to Australia’ on Sydney Harbour.

Australia Day Council of NSW Creative Director John Foreman said that nearly 500 choir singers will be stationed around Sydney Harbour on 26 January 2018 as part of the 21-gun ceremonial military salute.

“This will be a particularly special performance, with the choirs singing Bȁpa by the late Dr G Yunupingu in Yolngu language,” Foreman said.

“It’s a wonderful way to honour the legacy of a celebrated and greatly missed Australian artist.”

Composed by the world-renowned Australian Aboriginal singer, who passed away earlier this year, “Bȁpa” – which means ‘father’ in Yolngu – is a soulful tribute to the artist’s own father. In addition to “Bȁpa”, the singers will also perform iconic Aussie song I Am Australian before leading the crowds in a rendition of the national anthem.

The choirs will perform from various locations around Sydney Harbour including on board the HMAS Canberra and the Young Endeavour tall ship, as well as stages near Hickson Road and the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Caringbah High School junior choir is participating in Salute to Australia for the first time in 2018 and choir leader Sallyanne Barker said she and her students are thrilled to be part of the celebrations.

“Music has a unique power to unite people from all different ages, cultures and backgrounds,” said Barker.

“We are really excited to come together with other choirs and sing with one voice on Australia Day.”

The Salute to Australia, which will be received by the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), is just one of many spectacular performances scheduled for Australia Day 2018.


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