Scott Morrison, Australia’s Prime Minister, did not give us much notice when he unilaterally changed the words of our national anthem – first verse, second line – from “we are young and free” to “we are one and free”.
This was done to recognise Australia’s 60,000 years of indigenous history and though not explicit, it does represent a small step toward recognition and reconciliation that we can make every time we sing the anthem. Though the anthem may still carry other inconsistencies, at least there is no longer this disparity with Acknowledgement of Country.
We re-recorded our fabulous SINGABLE key version of the National Anthem earlier this year – complete with traditional didgeridoo and contemporary electric guitars! Tap here to purchase.
The current versions have the tracks available in mp3 and Powerpoint formats for download to your assembly device.
We have two versions, one for use at assemblies – this version includes a video with the Australian flag flying and one with the files you might need to prepare a performance of the anthem or teach the anthem to your class.
The older version is still (for now) available on CD + Booklet (pre 2021 “young and free” version).
Assembly & Events (2021) Version: designed for use at school assemblies and special events. Includes 2 videos and 2 audio tracks, providing you with the option to use the first or both verses of the anthem. The video provides an image of the Australian Flag with the lyrics for children to follow along with.
Now available in digital form using the Music Room Connect App. Tap Here
Performance (2021) Version: Includes 8 tracks: Both 1 & 2 verse versions in a SINGABLE key, performed by children; Both 1 & 2 verse backing tracks; demos of descant, treble, tuned & untuned percussion & guitar parts; plus demo of full ensemble. Perfect for use in class or at school events with a school band or ensemble. In addition to the audio tracks, this version includes guitar chords and scores for vocals, recorder, drums and tuned percussion. Tap here to purchase.
The CD + booklet performance version contains 8 tracks: Both 1 & 2 verse versions in a SINGABLE key, performed by children; Both 1 & 2 verse backing tracks; demos of descant, treble, tuned & untuned percussion & guitar parts; plus demo of full ensemble.
Please Note: CD and booklet have pre-2021 version with words “We are Young and Free”
You will find more information and samples from the CD/booklet by Tap here to purchase