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. 8CCC Community Radio - Alice Springs Big Sing in the Desert is supported by 8CCC Community radio, Alice Springs
Big Sing in the Desert 2015

Centrecorp Lhere Artepe

Jill Parliament

The Jill Parliament Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jill Elizabeth Parliament (1951 – 2016)

The family of Jill Parliament is pleased to establish the Jill Parliament Memorial Scholarship to support Rachel Hore’s cross-cultural activities through Big Sing Incorporated. The scholarship will support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia to attend Big Sing events.

More info here.

BIG SING in the Desert 2019

Thursday 25th April to Sunday 28th April

Bookings open 9am, 26 NOVEMBER, from HERE

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 ninth year, the Big Sing is a unique workshop that provides an opportunity for musical and cultural sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous singers.

More than 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 Morris Stuart, 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.

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The Programme

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

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

BIG SING begins from 4pm Thursday 25th April, and finishes on Sunday 28th April at 3pm. We can transport you to Ross River from the airport and Alice Springs at various times from midday onward on Thursday 25th April. 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. 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. Because Big Sing finishes late Sunday afternoon, we recommend that return flights be booked for Monday 29th April or later.


We can provide transport to and from the Ross River Resort. Cost of transport is $35 per person each way.


Food is served buffet style – with a mix of hot and cold options. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free diets can be catered for.

A self-catering option is available for self-sufficient campers and those with particular needs. Due to limited food prep and storage facilities we recommend the all-meal option for those staying in the cabins or bunkhouse. If you are unsure, contact Jodie at or 0415 885 335.

The Cost

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








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







Further Information

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Jodie Lee
Mob: 0415 885 335

Big Sing Testimonials

"I have been to many, many workshops in my time, but never have I been in such a warm, open, giving community. The place, the people, the music and the purpose all blended seamlessly into something that enriched us all. Thankyou.” Marie

“It was great to get together. Old friends and new friends. It was so good to see them again. Keep on sharing the songs, new and old. ” Annette Titjikala, NT

“Thankyou for a wonderful experience. The opportunity to sing alongside our aboriginal sisters and brothers in such a beautiful location is quite unique. The songs we shared, the nights singing around the fire, and especially the dancing by the older ladies form lasting memories I will take with me.”

“This was a deep heartfelt singing experience. I have learnt a lot of respect and cultural knowledge. It is a beautiful environment to come to, to sing and share a lot more than singing. What a magnificent way to bring our culture together!” Karen

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 transport, accommodation and workshop costs for our sponsored singers. Some will be travelling over 700 km 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! In 2018, we provided sponsorship for four Worimi Elders from the Great Lakes District in NSW to attend Big Sing in the Desert.

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

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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 Morris Stuart

Founder and musical director of the Alice Springs choir “Asante Sana”, Morris also directs “Out of the Ashes”: a choir he created in Melbourne in 2009 to support Victorian communities that suffered so much from the catastrophic bushfires. He has a passion for music… and for community choirs!
He and his wife Barbara live in Central Australia (during winter) and Melbourne (during summer) and travel periodically to Africa where they direct the Mutunga Partnership, an organisation that works with poor communities to alleviate chronic poverty.
Alice Springs, Asante Sana and the Soweto Gospel Choir

Desert Choir 2015

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.