C4 From Little Things

  • Saturday, 29 Apr 2023

  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston, ACT 2604

As Paul Kelly sings so memorably : “From little things, big things grow”. This choral concert brings together young people from Canberra’s own singing community together with the Djinama Yilaga choir from the Yuin community down the coast. They sing about our home, our land, our sky, our people.


William Barton, A Little Thing
Stephen Leek, Kondalilla
Paul Stanhope, I have not your dreaming
Karlin G. Love, Matins & Lauds

Djinama Yilaga
   Our Way

Woden Valley Youth Choir
Paul John Rudoi (Text Brhadaranyaka Upanishad, I.iii.28), Gamaya
Tracy Wong, JAM! (Jom-Ayuh-Mari!)
Alex Turley (text Greta Thunberg), Never Too Small

Djinama Yilaga
   Ghanbi – Fire
   Ode to Barak
   Yana yana

Traditional Torres Straight Island Lullaby, Baba Waian
Djinama Yilaga/L. Bennett arr. G. Badger, Marindamu
Maranoa Lullaby, Traditional song
Billy Joel arr. K. Shaw, And so it goes
Simon Garfunkel  arr. K. Fox, Feeling Groovy


Djinama Yilaga Choir
Woden Valley Youth Choir, directed by Olivia Swift
False Relations
Archie Tulk, bass
Gabriel Desiderio, baritone
Liam Green, tenor
Austin O’Toole, tenor

William Barton, didgeridoo
Oliver Shermacher, clarinet
Ronan Apcar, piano


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Artist William Barton - composer, instrumentalist and vocalist


William Barton is Australia’s leading didgeridoo player as well as composer, instrumentalist and vocalist. William started learning the instrument from his first learnt the uncle, Arthur Peterson, an elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga people and was working from an early age with traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands, orchestras, string quartets, and mixed ensembles. Throughout his diverse career he has forged a path in the classical musical world, from the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli and for 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 an ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. In 2021 he was the recipient of the prestigious Don Banks Music Award from the Australia Council and in 2022 he was announced as Australian of the Year for Queensland for 2023. With his prodigious musicality and building on his Kalkadunga heritage, William has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo.

Artist Oliver Shermacher


Australian born clarinettist Oliver Shermacher completed his Bachelors at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Francesco Celata, and his Masters at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik with Kilian Herold and Anton Hollich. He is currently living between Germany and Australia, performing as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral clarinettist. He was recently awarded the highly prestigious recognition of the 1st Prize and Audience Choice at the 2022 Aeolus Competition in Düsseldorf, one of the world’s most significant competitions for wind instrumentalists. Oliver won the Freedman Fellowship in 2018 and reached the Grand Finals of the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award, also receiving the Audience Choice award. Oliver has performed as soloist with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Apex Ensemble and was the Artist in Residence with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra for their 2021/2022 Season, having premiered the Alice Chance Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra in 2022. Oliver has played as Principal Clarinet with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Freiburg Philharmonisches Orchester and with the Australian World Orchestra on Bass Clarinet. Oliver is a passionate composer, theatre maker and new music enthusiast with a focus on the intersection between theatre and solo performance.

Artist Djinama Yilaga Choir


Djinama Yilaga is a First Nations Choir from the far south coast of NSW led by Walbunga/Ngarigo artist, Cheryl Davison. Djinama Yilaga is an intergenerational choir who sing stories of their life and culture as they revitalise the dhurga language through song. Djinama Yilaga was formed in 2019. Bringing the choir together was a way to heal for this group by share stories of culture and country through music and song but most importantly learning the language of their ancestors. Djinama Yilaga have over the last three years performed at Four Winds concerts, Cobargo Folk Festival, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and most recently performed at the AGNSW Sydney Modern Project.