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MEDIA INVITATION: tomorrow, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4 at 5pm – William Barton and Queensland Symphony Orchestra announce warrma piipa (Songbook)

William Barton and Queensland Symphony Orchestra < 1 mins read

Acclaimed First Nations musician, and the world’s foremost didgeridoo player, William Barton has partnered with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in an extraordinary new project which seeks the next generation of storytellers, song-makers and artists to collaborate and express a Song to Country.


It’s a flagship program and tomorrow, MONDAY September 4 at 5pm in Brisbane/Meanjin it will be launched.


warrma piipa: ngatji patija; kutu patija; ngata waru (Songbook: My Story; Your Story; Our Journey) is a unique and ambitious multi-year, multi-artform project that weaves stories, language, song, music and creative expression into a cross-Queensland Journey composition. This Journey commenced in William Barton’s ancestral Country of Mount Isa/Kalkadoon last month where Ceremony was held to open the collaborative circle with QSO. It will continue with William and the QSO visiting communities including Cairns/Yarrabah, Rockhampton/Woorabinda, Gold Coast/Yugambeh, Charleville/Bidjara, which is William’s Mother’s Country and finally, to close the circle of the warrma piipa (Songbook), Ceremony back in Mt Isa/Kalkadoon.



Queensland Martitime Museum at South Bank in Brisbane/Meanjin




  • VISION and STILLS are available of the Mount Isa/Kalkadoon Ceremony – embargoed to Monday at 5pm.
  • A full media release and background is available - embargoed to Monday at 5pm.
  • A stirring performance will take place.
  • Message Sticks will be presented (with tech embedded to track the Songbook journey).
  • Attending the event will be:
  • William Barton
  • his mother Aunty Dalmae Barton
  • his partner the powerhouse violinist Veronique Serret
  • musicians of the QSO
  • QSO Chief Conductor Umberto Clerici
  • QSO Chief Executive Yarmilla Alfonzetti


For more information, to attend the launch ceremony or for interviews and assets, please contact Kath Rose on or 0416 291 493


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