Darwin is always an incredibly welcoming and friendly town to visit, and despite the heat and humidity was the perfect place to kick off the Crossing Roper Bar tour. Our artists arrived on the Wednesday before the Friday night concert, and after a site inspection of the Darwin Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, spent a relaxing evening at Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf, enjoying some cooling sea breezes, a stunning sunset and some delicious local seafood. Thursday was a day of rehearsal, with the our team taking over the Harbour room of the Christchurch cathedral for an intensive session fine tuning and preparing for the following night’s concert. Friday was spent preparing the venue, some media commitments and soundchecks, but otherwise enjoying Darwin’s warmth and even warmer hospitality.
The majestic Darwin Supreme Court provided the perfect venue for our first concert of the tour, it was grand but welcoming and intimate enough, to make for an extremely sensory experience for our appreciative Darwin audience. After an official Welcome to Country and lovely rendition of iconic Darwin song, Arafura Pearl by Larrakia woman, Ali Mills, the performance began. The audience were spellbound as sound after miraculous sound washed over them – intensity, beauty and intricate artistry as the Australian Art Orchestra members, Stephen Pigram and The Wagilak Songmen, weaved their sonorous magic.
The concert ended to fervent applause, and the audience was rewarded with an interactive encore. We thank you Darwin for your warmth, welcome and support. Next stop Kununurra! Stay tuned for more tour updates!