Wiliam Barton - Performer and composer - contemporary instrumentalist improviser of extended technique of the didgeridoo.
William has been playing didgeridoo for over 20 years where he first started to learn the instrument in Mount Isa, far north western Queensland. Community engagement with audience from early age. Working with traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands, orchestras, string quartets and mixed ensembles. touring internationally since age of 15 years old. First performance with professional orchestra as soloist 17 years old.
Aunty Delmae Barton - Song writer, poet, performing artist and painter
Aunty Delmae Barton was born in Emerald central Queensland A descendant of the Bidjara tribe on her mother's side and has a had a long life journey of performance and a vast array of collaborative projects in regional Australia, national arts centres in our capital cities as well as representing Australia on the international stage from Canada to UK, Italy, France and China.
The Australian Youth Orchestra, together with William Barton (ARIA award winning didgeridoo player) and Delmae Barton (Indigenous opera singer) facilitated music workshops for a group of our students under the guidance of Colin Cornish (AYO CEO). The workshops ran for 3 days, followed by a performance for the whole school on Thursday. It was a fantastic and exciting experience for our students.
Our didge group were very excited to meet William Barton ,ARIA award winning didgeridoo player and his mum indigenous opera singer Delmae Barton. Students enjoyed playing alongside William and looked forward to a collaboration with William, Delmae and Colin Cornish (CEO AYO) with members of the Australian Youth Orchestra.