Ntaria Ladies Choir

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Ntaria Ladies Choir
Also known as Hermannsburg Ladies Choir
Origin Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Labels CAAMA Music
ABC Classics

Ntaria Ladies Choir (or Hermannsburg Ladies Choir) is a choir from Hermannsburg in Central Australia. The members are aboriginal women from the area and they sing a mixture of English and Arrente. The choir has its roots in work done by Lutheran Pastors Kemp and Schwartz in 1887[1] They created an Arrente language hymn book from which the choir sang in the early years. Other choirmasters have included Pastor Carl Strehlow, Pastor Paul Albrecht and the current choirmaster Pastor David Roenfeldt. Since 1970 it has been a ladies only choir.[2] Albert Namatjira may have sung with the choir in the 1950s.[3]

They were the subject of the documentary Cantata Journey which tells the story of their performance with the Sydney Symphony in May 2003.[4] This performance was recorded on ABC Classics.




  1. ^ Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address Listening to History: Some Proposals for Reclaiming the Practice of Music. By John Rose
  2. ^ ABC – australia adlib Inkat'irbirberintjaka: Ntaria Aboriginal Ladies Choir
  3. ^ The Australian Religious choirs a constant across desert generations
  4. ^ University of Wollongong Creative Arts Dean to feature on ABC-TV Arts program