Requiem a “triumph”

14 April 2015 / News

Last month, as part of the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival, we were honoured to perform Ross Harris’s Requiem for the Fallen a third time. We’re delighted that audiences in Wellington, Dunedin and now Auckland have been able to experience this powerful reflection on World War I and the incredible sacrifice of so many young New Zealanders. As we approach the centenary of the campaign at Gallipoli, the work becomes all the more significant.

A staff member at Auckland Arts Festival who was unable to get to the performance wrote afterwards to say “I was working in the information booth in Aotea Square the day of and the day following your concert.  Several people stopped by the booth to let us know how much they were moved by and loved Requiem for the Fallen. One man in particular had travelled from Hamilton especially - he’d already seen the Wellington performance. Congratulations - it sounds like it was a triumph.”

We loved having the chance to collaborate with some of New Zealand’s leading performers again – tenor Richard Greager, taonga puoro player Horomona Horo, director Jonathan Alver, conductor Karen Grylls and our friends in the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir (including our manager, Christine!). Each of them brought such a high degree of commitment to Ross’s compelling music and the moving text of Vincent O’Sullivan. 

It’s wonderful to see this important new composition receive multiple performances and we hope there will be further opportunities to share it with audiences in the future. We’re especially grateful to Kiwibank and Peter and Carolyn Diessl for their generous support of this event – we couldn’t have done it without them!

 

 

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