Street Requiem is a new choral work that aims to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to many communities, struggling to come to terms with street violence and a loss of safety on our streets.
Conceived by the award-winning conductor and Founding Artistic Director of the School of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Street Requiem is collaboratively written with Dr Kathleen McGuire, who has returned from the USA after creating the “Singers of the Street” in San Francisco, and Director of Curriculum for the School of Hard Knocks, Andy Payne.
Street Requiem is a contemporary setting of the traditional sung requiem with additional English, African and Persian lyrics and a modern setting of the Latin text. At times deeply moving and reflective, Street Requiem is an essentially optimistic work that features music reflecting the multi-cultural and multi-faith traditions of multi-city living utilising gospel, celtic, romantic, indigenous and contemporary musical genres and instrumentation to spectacular effect.
Awarded a special judges’ citation by the prestigious American Prize for “dignifying the homeless through song”.
Soloists: Dr Jonathon Welch AM and Ms Melissa Gill
Featuring: Members of Brisbane choirs Musica and Voices of Brisbane, and our Absolutely Everybody Festival Choir.
Proceeds will support the School of Hard Knocks – Empowering Through The Arts and its provision of arts and cultural programs to the marginalised and vulnerable.
Special offer Buy a ticket to Street Requiem and the Festival Finale concert and receive a FREE ticket to the Beyond Hard Knocks screening.