AMEB Online Orchestra 2021

AMEB acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Video: ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ performed by the 2021 AMEB Online Orchestra.

The 2021 AMEB Online Orchestra

The 2021 AMEB Online Orchestra’s performance of ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ was revealed on November 3 at a ceremony on the Gold Coast.

Performers from all over Australia and beyond played their part and contributed their talent and enthusiasm to AMEB’s biennial community orchestra project.

Written by Candace Kruger, Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger, ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ is a song based on a Yugambeh lullaby which was handed down through generations of Aboriginal families in the Yugambeh language region.

We are so proud to present this performance to the world!

Morning Star and Evening Star

The 2021 orchestra performed a new song commissioned by AMEB called ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ written by Candace Kruger, a Yugambeh yarrabilgingun (songwoman) and indigenous ethnomusicologist from South-Eastern Queensland, along with co-writers Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger. The song is based on an Aboriginal lullaby sung to Lottie Eaton (nee Levinge), who then shared it with her family members including Candace and Lann.

We feel very privileged to have launched this brilliant song into the world.

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Aboriginal Artwork: Isobella Kruger, Yugambeh and Gowar language regions. Aboriginal Design: Paula Nihôt, Gamilaraay language region.

Yugambeh Pronunciation Guide

Learn how to pronounce the Yugambeh words in Morning Star and Evening Star by listening to the pronunciation guide spoken and recorded by Candace Kruger. Download the audio guide below.

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  • Lottie’s wish was to have ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ passed on and shared, so I am delighted that through the Yugambeh Youth Aboriginal Corporation’s partnership with the Australian Music Examinations Board, we can fulfil this request. Alongside my cousin Lann Levinge, my daughter Isobella Kruger and blessed by our Elders, we hope that through the ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ songline people enjoy learning the narrative of our people.

    Candace Kruger
    Candace Kruger Yugambeh Youth Aboriginal Corporation
  • We are honoured to have the opportunity to bring this Australian narrative to life. We have enjoyed working with Candace and her community immensely and we thank the Elders of the Yugambeh region for their permission to use the song. We now look forward to sharing the rediscovered story of Morning Star and Evening Star with people around the country.

    Bernard Depasquale CEO, AMEB Ltd
  • I just stumbled on this and I find it a deeply moving piece. Thankyou to the Yugambeh community and youth choir for sharing this.

    Alice R
  • Looking forward to your final video. It is a really good activity.

    Suki Registering Adult of orchestra member, NSW

The 2021 AMEB Online Orchestra is presented by: