19 Nov 2021 Once Only Event
Ntaria Choir of Hermannsburg performance accompanied by the 1877 Hill & Son Grand Organ at the Barossa Regional Gallery.
The Ntaria Choir comes from Ntaria, which was named Hermannsburg by the early German missionaries. Those missionaries settled there in 1877, and soon established a bilingual school. Singing was a popular subject. Many hymns were translated from German into Western Arrarnta over the years, retaining the European melodies.
Since 2013 the Ntaria Choir has contributed members to the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Their trip to Germany in 2015 was show cased in the film ‘The Songkeepers’. This choir sings in the Hermannsburg language, Western Arrarnta, and also in Pitjantjatjara.
For some 6 years there has been no opportunity for community members, including children, to learn to read and write in Western Arrarnta. The choir has a small amount of input into their community, to help maintain the language and enable members to gain literacy skills in it.
The Ntaria Choir brings a long tradition and experience of choral singing back to the Barossa. Kempe and Schwarz set off northward in 1875 from Bethany in the Barossa Valley. The Ntaria Choir sets off southward in 2021, destination Barossa Valley, to share their language and music.
$15 + Eventbrite Booking Fee
Once Only Event
19 Nov 2021