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Big Sing in the Desert 2015

Denise Brady and Lily Tjiweri from Docker River attended Big Sing in the Desert choral camp last year. Denise drove the community bus over 700ks from Docker River to Alice Springs with 15 singers on board. It was her first Big Sing. Lily has been a participant six years running.

Our singing community raised the funds to get them there.

Please help me to bring 50 Indigenous singers to Big Sing in the Desert, 2017. Donate here.

BIG SING in the Desert 2017

Thursday 11th May -  Sunday 14th May

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The Big Sing in the Desert is a four day singing camp that welcomes singers from across Australia at Ross River Resort, an original homestead near Alice Springs. Now in its seventh year, the Big Sing is a unique workshop that provides an opportunity for musical and cultural sharing between Indigenous and non- Indigenous singers.

120 singers attend from every state in Australia including up to 50 singers from Central Desert Aboriginal communities. Beginners and experienced singers are all welcome.

Your tutors, Rachel Hore and Valanga Khoza, are passionate about valuing and preserving the unique sound and style of Central Desert choral singing. Part of the workshop will be to encourage leaders from Central Desert choirs who may wish to share songs, culture and language with us.


Big Sing Testimonials

"I can honestly say that the Big Sing was one of the most beautiful and moving experiences of my life.”

"What a remarkable event. Reconciliation in its purest form, Sharing, connectedness, listening, learning, growing. All through the power of song”

“ It’s been a joy to hear the divine singing of the Central Desert Choirs, and be accepted as part of one singing community”

“Palayalingku…best yet!"

"Simply no words to express the gratitude I feel to be part of this unique workshop"

See more here.

Sponsor an Indigenous Singer

Each year hundreds of people across Australia support Indigenous singers to attend the BIG SING in the desert. Your donation goes directly toward the costs of transport and accommodation for our Indigenous singers, some of who will be travelling over 700ks to attend the workshop. We are expecting singers from Areyonga, Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Papunya, Titjikala, Mutijulu and Docker River communities, and the word is spreading!

We cannot hold this event without your help. Please help us to get people there.

For more details click here.

The Programme

We will be learning beautiful songs in 3 or 4 part harmony led by Rachel and Valanga, as well as hymns and songs in Aboriginal languages helped by members of local Indigenous choirs.

There will be time for exploring the red gorges around Ross River, informal singing and a concert.

BIG SING begins from 4pm Thursday, 11th May, and finishes on Sunday, 14th May at 2pm. We can transport you to Ross River from the airport and Alice Springs at various times from midday onward on Thursday 11th May. We can also transport you back to Alice Springs or the airport after Big Sing finishes.

The Accommodation

Ross River Homestead is located in the East MacDonnell Ranges, one hour’s drive from Alice Springs. There are 3 types of accommodation to choose from, depending on your budget. 

Cabins: 2 beds for 2-3 people (one double, two singles, or one double plus one single) with air conditioning, fridge and ensuite. No single cabins available.
Bunkhouse: 2 to a room, 10 minutes walk across the creek from the homestead. BYO sleeping bag and pillow, or hire linen from Reception. Shared amenities block.
Camping: 10 minutes walk across the creek from the homestead. BYO camping gear. Shared amenities block.


You will need to book your own flights to and from Alice Springs. We can provide transport to and from the Ross River Resort. Cost of transport is $30 per person each way.


Vegetarians and non-vegetarians are catered for. We may be able to cater for special diets if we know ahead of time.

The Cost

Residential (all meals)
(per person, 3 nights, all meals)








Residential (self Catered breakfast and lunch)
(per person, 3 nights self catered breakfast and lunch, includes dinner)







Balance of Payment for Confirmed Bookings

If you have a confirmed booking for Big Sing 2017, balance of payment info here.

Further Information

Jodie Lee
Email: jodie@rachelhore.com
Mob: 0415 885 335

Big Sing past events!



There's some great pictures on the Big Sing Facebook page, click here.

Click a picture below to see the gallery.

Gallery photos by Amy Jean Harding, Eye of Light Photography.

Here's a taste …



About Valanga Khoza

Khoza EntertainmentSee a bio here.

More information here.

Big Sing in the Desert is an activity of Big Sing Incorporated, a not for profit association established to foster and support community singing and music, and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing.