GALS, the Gay And Lesbian Singers Auckland choir, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. As part of this year of celebration, GALS wants to present an event that doesn’t just bring the joy of our choral singing to the community, but also helps highlight an important issue for Auckland.
The Street Requiem was composed in Melbourne in 2014 by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch. The work seeks to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities around the world who are coming to terms with street violence, war and a loss of safety on the streets. This performance will be the New Zealand premiere and will benefit Auckland homeless charities, including Lifewise, Auckland City Mission, and RainbowYOUTH. Click here for tickets.
It is a highly accessible, contemporary work including English, African and Greek lyrics alongside a modern setting of the traditional Latin texts. While at times deeply moving, the work is essentially optimistic and uplifting. The composers have utilised gospel, Celtic, neo-Romantic, neo-Baroque, Indigenous and contemporary genres and instrumentation to reflect the multicultural and multi-faith traditions of modern city living.
The Street Requiem will form the second half of the evening’s event. GALS is delighted to welcome other Auckland choirs to this event. GALS and our guests will sing the Requiem in the second half of the evening, with the first half comprising each choir presenting a few of their favourite choral pieces.