A celebration of song to be held in historic Guildford

Guildford Songfest is back and along with big-name choirs, concerts and workshops, this year will feature a celebration of Noongar culture. 

Presented by ratepayer group The Guildford Association Inc, more than 30 WA choirs and acts are set to perform in Guildford’s historic buildings over the weekend of September 14 and 15. 

The Noongar celebration will include didgeridoo playing by senior Noongar man James Webb, a smoking ceremony, dancing by the Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group and singing by the Madjitil Moorna Choir. 

“We are excited with the wonderful line-up we have got together this year,” organiser Yvonne Henderson said. 

“This includes such well-known groups as the acclaimed Giovanni Consort and the award-winning Baden Street Singers.” 

The draft program features 12 concerts and two big sing workshops, plus a Saturday night festival club singalong. 

In recognition of the recent state heritage listing of Guildford, local band Espresso will share some of the history of the town and celebrate with traditional folk songs. 

Bassendean Primary School Choir will appear in Guildford Town Hall along with festival favourites Spirit of the Streets, Men of the West and the Lost Quays. 

Serbian group The Red Peonies, Vivid Voices, the Hills Choir, Pax, Swing Out Sisters, Daisy Chain, the Lelebirds and Swan Harmony Singers are among the choirs appearing for the first time. 

On Sunday free concerts, including the celebration of Noongar culture, will take place in a marquee on Stirling Square alongside the Stirling Square Markets. The festival is sponsored by the City of Swan, Lotterywest and Voice Moves. 

Tickets for the weekend are available through trybooking. Go to www.guildfordsongfest.com for more details.