Sharing culture and song

BIG SING in the Desert 2020

Thursday 23rd April to Sunday 26th April

Bookings for Big Sing in the Desert 2020 will open here in November 2019.

Get in early, this event is expected to book out quickly.

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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. The Big Sing is a unique workshop that provides an opportunity for musical and cultural sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous singers. 2020 will be the 10th Anniversary of this incredible event.

More than 130 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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Programme details below …

Help us bring singers from the Central Desert communities to BIG SING 2020.

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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 2020 begins from 4pm Thursday 23rd April, and finishes on Sunday 26th April at 3pm. We can transport you to Ross River from the airport and Alice Springs at various times from midday onward on Thursday 23rd 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 27th April or later.


We can provide transport from Alice Springs to Ross River Resort and return. Cost of transport in 2019 was $35 per person each way. The transport cost for 2020 is to be advised.


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
(2019 prices – 2020 prices to be advised)

(per person, 3 nights, all meals)

Cabin $945
Bunkhouse $695
Camping $665

Self-catered breakfast and lunch
(2019 prices – 2020 prices to be advised)
(per person, 3 nights self-catered breakfast and lunch, includes dinner)

Cabin $795
Bunkhouse $535
Camping $505

Further Information

Jodie Lee

Mob: 0415 885 335

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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

The scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia to attend Big Sing events.

More info …

What else is happening …

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.